The next skill students can work on in phonological awareness is learning about syllables. We want students to master the following syllable skills:
- The ability to blend syllables: Cat and nip together say _______. (catnip)
- The ability to segment syllables: Hum the word parts in table. How many syllables? (2)
- The ability to delete syllables: Say rainbow without bow. What syllable is left? (rain)
These skills start out less complex and move into more complex. Syllable activities are located in Interventions for All: Phonological Awareness on pages 74-91.
Here are more ideas:
- Take One Thing From the Box: Have a box filled with different objects. Students must reach in and grab an object. They would name the object and count how many syllables it has.
- Hum the Syllable: Practice discovering how many syllables are in a word by “humming the word.” There is a natural break in humming between syllables.
Again, most of the activities incorporate literature. You could utilize that to your advantage when teaching a new phonetic concept. Implement that book as your connection to literature as well as a phonological awareness activity