If you find yourself questioning the importance of some phonological awareness activities like segmenting words into syllables, check out this short video for some inspiration. These bilingual Kindergarten students were able to write with accuracy and confidence in March because their teacher had spent the first months of their school year developing this skill. Just as blending words is crucial for reading, segmenting words is essential for spelling and writing.
Spanish Language Arts and Reading TEKS: 2(H) separate spoken multi-syllabic words into two
to three syllables (e.g., /to/ /ma/ /te/).
English Language Arts and Reading TEKS: 2(F) separate spoken multi-syllabic words into two to
four syllables (e.g., “ra-na”, “má-qui-na”, “te-lé-fono”).
Here is a free resource I have created to help your students practice segmenting the syllables in words.
More resources for developing the ability to segment syllables:
- This site is SO comprehensive with many activities for phonological awareness.
- This paper from Spain titled "Tareas para la evaluación de la conciencia fonológica en escolares disléxicos" has a series of phonological awareness activities that can be used to determine students' phonological flexibility.
- Need help knowing exactly how to segment a word? This resource lets you type in the word and it separates the word in syllables for you!
What other resources or activities do you use to develop your students' ability to segment words into syllables?