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Syllable Sort Manipulatives


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Syllabication, or the breaking down of words into each uninterrupted unit of spoken language, is often taught in such a fragmented manner in materials that students are unable to pull all components together into a viable word analysis strategy. Research indicates that readers generally use sounds to determine syllable division. If this is the case, students must already know what the strategies are intended to teach.

Students who need to use syllabication to decode words must be taught syllabication rules holistically. When they apply basic rules in steps, they begin to recognize patterns and break down unknown words. Initially, the rules are applied to two-syllable words, as in this product.

In Syllable Sort, students divide 2-syllable words according to syllabication rules. Students sort the 36 words in each set by four basic rules, applying them in order. This material provides abundant practice, thereby allowing students to see patterns and decode rapidly. Once students have worked through these 12 sets, they are then ready to apply steps to longer words. Additionally, improving syllabication consciousness is a valuable spelling aid.

Grade Levels: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Common Core ELA Standards: RF.2.3, RF.2.3c, RF.3.3, RF.3.3c

PDF Contents: 12 student sets with 36 words to sort; answer keys; 9 pages of teacher information including two-syllable and multisyllable words resource lists and student recordkeeping checklists


12 student sets
36 words per set to sort by rules
Answer keys
9 pages of teacher information