Determine the number of syllables in a printed word
Determine the number of syllables in a printed word

Determine the number of syllables in a printed word

I can determine the number of syllables in a printed word.

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In this lesson, students will learn about what a syllable is and why syllables are important. They will learn strategies, including count the vowels, clapping, hand under chin, and jumping, to determine how many syllables are in a word.



Learning objective

Students will be able to determine the number of syllables in a printed word to become a more fluent and accurate reader.


Students will review the vowels by sorting words by short and long vowel sounds. Syllables can be found by breaking words into chunks, like when decoding a new word.


Explain that syllables are parts of chunks of a word that contain one vowel sound. For example, the word, "pencil," has two word chunks and two syllables.

They will learn four strategies to help them determine how many syllables words have. First, they will practice counting the vowels with the word, "rocket." They will also clap out words in a video. Next, they will practice the hand under chin strategy. Students will put their hands under their chins and say each word which feeling the number of times their jaws move up and down. Lastly, they will practice the jumping strategy (jump for each word break).

They will then practice counting syllables in different words using any of the strategies they learned. They will sort the words by their number of syllables. They will also read a short story about a class surprise and count the syllables in the underlined words.


Students are given ten questions. They will be asked to sort words by their number of syllables, determine the number of syllables in words, and rearrange syllables to make words.


Have students recall what they learned about syllables. The lesson closes with a partner activity.

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