Introduce the V/CV or "Tiger Rule": when one consonant comes between two vowels, we divide after the first vowel or before the consonant. For example, divide the word, "Tiger" into "Ti/ger." Students will practice this rule with words, including "unit" and "bonus."
Next, students will practice the V/V or "Lion Rule": when each vowel has a separate sound and does not make a recognizable word, we divide between the vowels (e.g., "Li/on"). Students will find both vowels to divide the two-syllable long vowels in words, such as "trial" and "poet."
They will look at a list of two-syllable words and draw a line through each word to break them into syllables. Students will then sort two-syllable words by their long vowels. They will read five sentences and underline any two-syllable words that contain a long vowel sound.