One of the best parts about summer is that it’s the perfect time to go camping! Even if you aren’t going camping or dislike the outdoors, your students will love this camping themed activity. This Camping Syllable Sort activity focuses on counting syllables and sorting words by the number of syllables.
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Camping Syllable Sort
Counting syllables is one of the main components of phonological awareness that are taught in Kindergarten. This will help students be able to break apart long words into smaller chunks, which will help them when they are learning how to read and spell longer words.
To practice counting syllables, I teach my students how to clap out a word. I say a word, such as “butterfly”, and my students repeat the word. Then, we break the word into chunks, like this- “but-ter-fly”, while clapping each part. Last, they hold up how many syllables they counted using their fingers.
Picture sorts are a fun way to practice syllables by sorting them into how many syllables each word has. It fits nicely in a pocket chart, but you can do this activity anywhere- at a table, on the floor, or on the board. This would be a great way to practice syllables as a whole group activity, reading center, or a quick informal assessment.
- Print out the Camping Syllable Sort activity.
- Cut out the syllable headings and picture cards.
- Laminate for durability.
- Place each of the syllable headings at the top of the pocket chart or lay flat.
- Place the picture cards in a pile.
- Have a student come up and pick up the top picture card.
- The student says the word on the picture card, then claps it out, counting how many syllables.
- They place the picture card under the correct heading.
- Continue taking turns until all the picture cards have been sorted.
Each picture card is labeled at the bottom. If your students are doing this independently, I suggest going over all of the words with them, or telling them to use their best guess with what the picture is.
My students put the “campfire” picture under the 2 syllables sign, because they used it as the word “fire” instead. Both options are correct! These picture cards are also a opportunity to learn some new vocabulary or to discuss camping activities.
Have fun camping with this syllable sort!
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