Syllables: A Better Way (EVPS 4)

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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Simple, clear, short, and effective--

These syllabication + worksheets make it simple for your students to decode 2, 3, and 4 syllable words.

Beginning and struggling readers often want to make 3-syllable words into 2-syllable words and 4-syllable words into 3-syllable words.

Our intent is to help students recognize common clusters in longer words, pronouncing most syllables as previously learned clusters. Some people call it "chunking."

Beginning or struggling readers should NOT have to learn complicated rules for syllabication.

We use familiar common English clusters to encourage reading longer words. Plus, Syllables: A Better Way adds Use of Context as an additional decoding strategy.

After completing Vowel Tutor 3 (Irregular Vowel Combinations) and Irregular Vowels in Context EVPS 3 (if desired), students are then familiar with most common clusters in English.

Some students who have previously been exposed to a “word family approach” to decoding might be able to jump right into this style (EVPS 4) of “no rules” syllabication + sentence completion without the previous described lessons.

The EVPS 4 ANSWER KEY presents the word correctly syllabicated, not necessarily to be followed exactly.

It is okay if students make mistakes; they are simply becoming familiar with discerning previously learned clusters in longer words. We accept their interpretation if the way they divide the word helps them to decode it correctly.

When they cannot figure out where to divide the word, hum the word. It makes it easier, and it’s a happy presentation.

Be sure to check out:

Vowel Tutor 1 Short Vowel Cluster Instruction

Vowel Tutor 2 Regular Double Vowel Cluster + Silent Consonant Instruction

Vowel Tutor 3 Irregular Vowel Cluster Instruction

EVPS (Extra Vowel Practice Sheets) add extra vowel practice while including use of context (Sentence Completion) as a decoding strategy.

EVPS 2 (Sentence Completion Exercises) after Vowel Tutor 2 (Regular Double Vowel Clusters)

EVPS 3 (Sentence Completion Exercises) after Vowel Tutor 3 (Irregular Vowel Clusters)

We also have complete (no prep) Reading Tutor Bundles for 3 levels:

Reading Tutor Level 1 Bundle: Short Vowels

Reading Tutor Level 2 Bundle: Long Vowels and Troublesome Consonants

Reading Tutor Level 3 Bundle: Irregular Vowel Combinations.

Of course, we also have many word searches and Bingo games for enjoyable and effective extra practice.

All are available in the

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


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