The Best Way to Segment Words

Teach Magically Segmenting Syllables

Segmenting fluency is the best indicator of reading success!  The first step is working on segmenting words, or braking the word into syllables. Doing this phonological awareness skill in kindergarten will help children read and write multisyllablic words in the upper grades.

1st-Syllables of Names

Started the syllable study by making a chart of the students names, clapping the syllables, and placing dots to represent the claps. Be sure to practice each day!
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2nd-Clap Vocabulary

Practice clapping the syllables with all kinds of words all through out the day!

  • Talk about Recess--clap |re| |cess|
  • Read Alouds- Chrysanthemum-clap |chry| |san| |the| |mum|
  • Vocabulary- Digit-clap |dig| |it|

3rd-Play Games

Games develop so many attention and listening skills so using a game to develop learning the syllables makes perfect sense!

Teach Magically Segmenting Words Game Feed the Animals Game

The 3 or 4 animal cue cards have dots to help the learners remember the number of syllables! 

(It also helps with math and counting so I like to show it with dots!)

The students choose a card and all learners clap the number of syllables.

The student then has to place it under the correct animal.

The other learners need to give a thumbs up or down to show support.

It's so much fun to hear, "You can clap syllables" or "You clapped the right amount, Yeah."  They are so happy when friends do the right thing!!!


Give time for independent practice. (Remember also clap all kinds of  words from book read in Read Aloud...vocabulary works work well!) Work on a cut & paste activity!  It really shows what the students have learned while developing fine motor skills.  Be sure to ask what they think before deciding on correctness.  Sometimes they supply another word even when we review the words (that tells you a lot about working memory).
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Move to segmenting phonemes later!

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