2nd Grade - Understanding Syllables

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Words and Spelling
Understanding syllables
Apply knowledge of basic syllabication rules when reading.
Recognize the amount of syllables in words. Distinguish where to divide words in syllables.
 
 

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Sample Problems

(1)

What is a syllable?

(2)

How many syllables are in the word “cat”? ________

(3)

How many syllables are in the word “sister”? _______

(4)

How would you divide the word “teacher” into syllables?

(5)

How would you divide the word “doghouse” into syllables?

Learning Tips

(1)

A syllable is a word or a part of a word. Each syllable has one vowel sound.

(2)

To help your child understand syllables, have them say different words. As they do, encourage them to clap out the sounds that they hear. Each sound that they hear is one syllable. For example, in the word “dog”. Children would only clap one time; meaning this word is made up of one syllable. In the word “brother”, children would clap two times when saying the word. This means that “brother” is made up of two syllables.

(3)

Have your child look up words in a dictionary. Have them notice how each word is separated into syllables. The syllables for each word are separated by a space or a dot. Have them clap out words that they find.

(4)

Remind your child that when the first vowel sound in a word is followed by two consonants, divide the word between the two consonants. (ex. muffin = muf – fin, sister = sis – ter)


**Vowels are the letters a, e, i, o, u. Consonants are all other letters in the alphbet.

(5)

Remind your child to divide compound words between the smaller words. (ex. football = foot – ball, doghouse = dog – house)

Extra Help Problems

(1)

How many syllables are in the word “jacket”? __________

(2)

How many syllables are in the word “children”? __________

(3)

How many syllables are in the word “remember”? _________

(4)

How many syllables are in the word “school”? __________

(5)

How many syllables are in the word “computer”? _________

(6)

How many syllables are in the word “football”? __________

(7)

Draw a line(s) to show where to divide the word into syllables correctly. brother

(8)

Draw a line(s) to show where to divide the word into syllables correctly. snowflake

(9)

Draw a line(s) to show where to divide the word into syllables correctly. farmer

(10)

Draw a line(s) to show where to divide the word into syllables correctly. teacher

(11)

Draw a line(s) to show where to divide the word into syllables correctly. muffin

(12)

Draw a line(s) to show where to divide the word into syllables correctly. sunrise

(13)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

dinner

di – nner din – ner dinn - er

(14)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

mailman

mailm – an ma – ilman mail – man

(15)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

surprise

sur – prise surprise su – rprise

(16)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

hammer

ha – mmer ha – mm – er ham – mer

(17)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

worker

work – er wo – rker worke – r

(18)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

hunt

hu – nt hun – t hunt

(19)

Circle the word that is correctly divided into syllables.

turtle

turt – le tur – tle tu – rt – le

(20)

Circle the correct number of syllables for each word.

table

1 2 3

(21)

Circle the correct number of syllables for each word.

field

1 2 3

(22)

Circle the correct number of syllables for each word.

computer

1 2 3

(23)

Circle the correct number of syllables for each word.

candle

2 3 4

(24)

Circle the correct number of syllables for each word.

chair

2 3 4

(25)

Circle the correct number of syllables for each word.

television

2 3 4

 

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