Multisensory Monday- Slicing Syllables for Syllable Division

Posted by Brainspring on 27th Apr 2015

Slicing SyllablesHi everyone,

Welcome to Multisensory MondayThere will be a special appearance here for Thursday’s post, so be sure to check back with us at the end of the week as well!  After that, I’ll be taking a week off for a vacation I’m super excited about- the Kentucky Derby!  That’s right; I’ll be at the Derby, big hat and all.  If there are any horse or hat lovers interested in pictures, let me know and I’ll be sure to post some.


Slicing Syllables

Enough about my plans, let’s get onto the multisensory activity for today: Slicing Syllables.  Students will practice breaking words into syllables and counting how many syllables are in a word for this activity.  I made this as an extension to an activity from my favorite phonological awareness activity book, Phonemic Awareness by Jo Fitzpatrick. The book includes syllable puzzles as an activity to practice breaking apart two syllable words.  Each puzzle is a picture of a two syllable word with a line separating the picture into 2 pieces.  The students cut on the line then say each syllable of the word as they put the picture back together.

Slicing Syllables uses the same idea, but requires the student to determine how many syllables are in the word before cutting it apart.  I included a page of images I commonly use with students, but please get creative and try other images as well.  In addition to clip art you can find online, consider cutting images out of magazines and newspapers or having students draw their own pictures to use.

Slicing Syllables pictures

IMG_0120For each picture, the student should say the whole word.  “Computer,” for example.

Then the student needs to determine how many syllables are in that word.  “Com-pu-ter. 3”

(Remind students they can “feel” syllables by putting their hands under their chin and counting the number of times their chin drops as they say the word.)

IMG_0121Now the student cuts the picture into that number of pieces, making their own puzzle.

The student says each syllable as they put the puzzle back together.



Once the student has completed their own puzzles, they can switch with classmates or work on creating their own.  I suggest using this as a center activity.  Also, teachers often ask what kinds of things they can have students who are far behind the rest of the class do independently when the teacher needs to meet with groups.  Activities like this are perfect for students who are working on pre-reading skills and aren’t ready for phonics yet.


What activities do you use to practice syllables?

Please share any other ideas for pictures or images to use!


Bingo for Ending Blends and ff, ll, ss, zz

This week Dite’s post gives instructions for creating a Bingo game that does double duty with many of the endings learned in Phonics First Layer 2: ending blends and double f, l,s, and z.  She walks you through how to use a free online Bingo card maker to customize the activity.


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