Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teaching Syllables with an "I Spy" Game and a Hat


Last fall I found this really cute game on Education.com(© Copyright 2006-2012 Education.com All Rights Reserved.) Although it was a great way for parents to help their children practice at home, I thought it would be a fun game to play in the classroom. This was a twist on the usual "I Spy" games and looked like a fun activity for 1st and 2nd graders. Before playing the game, review what syllables are and practice clapping out some words to make sure everyone understands. Then cut out or rip 4 pieces of colored paper and number then from 1-4 and put them in a hat. Students will take turns picking out a number card from the hat and think of a word that has the same number of syllables in it. You can narrow it down with theme words such as "Classroom Things" or "School" etc. that students are familiar with. Students at this age will also need to give a clue and the number of syllables the word has before students try to guess what it is. For example, "It has 3 syllables and I use it when I do my schoolwork." (eraser). You can also make up a literacy center activity with Clues like the one below and a list of words. This is a freebie which you can download by clicking on the image below. I have altered it a little. Unfortunately my laptop crashed a few months ago and although I saved most of my files on my external hard drive I realized that this freebie was gone.

This is part of my Fall Literacy Center Packet which you can access by clicking on the picture below. Unfortunately my laptop crashed a few months ago and although I saved most of my files on my external hard drive I realized that this freebie and my "It's Fall Fun Time for All" Literacy Activities below were gone. As much as I would have liked to remake the whole Literacy packet I just haven't had enough time to do it this year. 

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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students. Hope you have a wonderful fall season.




When do you start teaching about syllables with your students?

2 comments:

  1. I love visiting your blog, you always have the greatest stuff!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!

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    1. Thanks so much Fern. Love your blog, too.
      Arlene

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