Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Sort words by the number of syllables

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Phonological and Phonemic Awareness


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Syllables are like the 'beats' of spoken language. The number of syllables in a word is equal to the number of times you hear a vowel sound in the word.

Download our Sort by the number of syllables activity below.

Explain what syllables are and how to count them. Say the word aloud and then segment and count the syllables in the word. Pronounce each syllable separately and repeat all together. Sort the words by the number of syllables. This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.D Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.


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Egg has only one syllable (egg).
Watermelon has four syllables (wa-ter-mel-on).


sort the number of syllables activity

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Deep Dive

Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among kindergarteners and first graders.

To find out more, read our Deep Dive into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!


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