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Sort words by the number of syllables
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Sort words by the number of syllables


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.


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



Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!