Multisensory Monday- Building Multisyllabic Words

Posted by Brainspring on 15th Mar 2015

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Multisensory Monday!  This is going to be a short and sweet post because I’ve been spending my day attending AIM Academy’s 3rd Annual Research to Practice Symposium online.   It’s been awesome to learn the most up-to-date research about how the brain reads, how the LD brain works differently and how writing skills and processes are affected by LD.  I’ll be sharing some of the information about writing with you on Thursday!

For today’s activity though, the focus is on syllables, specifically building multisyllabic words.  Last week, I used this activity with my student for Phonics First Lesson 2-8: Two-syllable words.  It fits perfectly with that lesson or the previous one (Lesson 2-7: Detached Syllables) but it would also work nicely as a game or center activity any time once students know about multisyllable words.

Multisyllable Mismatch

To begin you’ll need to write each syllable of two-syllable words on a separate slip of paper, using a different color for beginning syllables and ending syllables.   I suggest using the Phonics First dictation words from the lesson you are using.  Then you can be assured your students will have the skills to read the parts.

Give the students the beginning syllables and have them read each one aloud as they make a column on the desk in front of them.

beg and end syllablesNext, hand them one ending syllable at a time.  They should read the syllable and then try to match it to a beginning one to make a real word.  When they find the match, they read the whole word.

Make it a Center

You can easily turn this into a center or partner activity by making it into more of a game.  For example, partners could lay out all the beginning cards and then take turns choosing an ending and making a match.  Or, students can play Multisyllable Concentration.  Turn all the papers facedown, making sure to keep the beginning syllables and ending syllables separate.  Then partners take turns flipping over one beginning and one ending syllable to see if they match to make a real word.  Each player keeps their matches and the one with the most matches wins.

What others quick and easy games do you know for multisyllable words?


Free Phonological Awareness Activities

Even though she’s busy doing her taxes, Dite put up a link to The Reading Treehouse: A Sound Floor where there are free activities for phonological and phonemic awareness for pre-readers!

I haven’t been there yet, so please check it out and let me know what you think!


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