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.