I made these printable syllable cards for chapter 8 of our book study of Literacy Beginnings. Chapter 8 is on Phonemic Awareness and Phonics, and this activity is mentioned on page 92 and again on 93. I made these cards pocket chart size.
To introduce the activity, you show children a card (e.g. cat), say the word, and clap one time, then invite children to repeat it. Do the same with a two-syllable word (e.g. monkey) and a three-syllable word (e.g. umbrella). Continue with the rest of the cards. You can also have children sort the cards into the pocket chart by the number of syllables in the word. Rather than clap, you can also use rhythm instruments, such as drums, rhythm sticks, cymbals, etc.
I think these cards will also fit into the Carson Dellosa pocket dice for a syllable game. Children would roll the dice, then clap the number of syllables as they say the word.
Download the Printable Syllable Cards
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