Syllable Activities and Syllable Types Improve Reading

While teaching 2nd grade and 3rd grade readers decoding skills, I found syllable activities and teaching syllable types really helped improve reading! The jump from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” can be tricky for many students but my Orton-Gillingham training has taught me the value of teaching syllable types to help conquer complicated English language. Thank goodness for that!

I spent 17 years as a 3rd grade teacher and the last 8 years as a K-4 Reading Specialist in a Title I school and have worked with many striving readers. For the teacher trying to bridge the gap between 2nd grade reading skills and 3rd grade reading expectations…my advice is to delve into words and teach students to “deconstruct” words and spelling patterns.

Using syllable types & syllable activities to improve reading

I teach the 6 Syllable Types because knowing them:

  • makes it easy to break up multisyllabic words
  • makes decoding and spelling words much easier
  • helps students predict vowel sounds and word patterns

So, how do you know which syllable types to teach when?

This is the order I teach Syllable Types:

Closed Syllables (in 1st grade)

Open Syllables (in 1st grade)

Silent E (in 1st grade)

Vowel Team (in 1st grade- after short and long vowels are mastered)

R-Controlled (in 2nd grade)

Consonant-le (in 2nd grade)

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Use this Syllable Types chart with syllable activities to improve reading skills.

Happy Teaching!


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