Start by explaining compound words. Compound words are made when two one-syllable words are combined. Then have students drag the images of single-syllable words to create compound words. Next, explain how to listen to the letter sounds. By breaking a longer word into syllables you can sound out each part. The letter sounds help to hear where each syllable ends, and then you can blend the syllables together to recognize the word. Look at the vowels and consonants in a word. Many words contain a pattern of vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel. Words that have this pattern divide into syllables between the consonants. Show students an example of this with the word "bas-ket" and mark the vowels and consonants. Have students determine which words follow the VCCV rule and split them into syllables. The words that don't follow the VCCV rule can be thrown into the trash. Next, explain to students that some words have double consonants. When a word has a doubled consonant, the syllable break is between the doubled consonants. The next rule is that when a word has a consonant followed by "le," you divide the syllable before that set of letters. Give the example of "can-dle." Ask students to drag the scissors to show where the syllable break would occur on the given words. Tell students to look for prefixes and suffixes. A syllable break occurs after a prefix and before a suffix. Students drag the given words through the tunnel to see which prefixes/suffixes are on the whole word. Discuss where the syllable breaks are on the words. Give students the list of possible rules to help decode multi-syllabic words.