One of the best parts about summer is that it’s the perfect time to go camping! But, even if you aren’t going camping you can still bring the summer fun into your learning with this free Camping Syllable Sort Activity. It focuses on counting syllables and sorting words by the number of syllables in an engaging, hands-on way!
*Pair this with our Summer Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Camping Syllable Sort
Counting syllables is one of the main components of phonological awareness that is 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 counting syllables by sorting them into how many syllables each word has. This Camping Syllable Sort activity fits nicely into a pocket chart, but you can do this activity anywhere – at a table, on the floor, or on the board. It’s a great way to practice syllables as a whole group, literacy center, or a quick informal assessment.
How to Prep
- Print out the Camping Syllable Sort picture cards and syllable headings (download below).
- Cut them apart.
- Laminate for durability and reuse.
How to Play
- Place each of the syllable headings at the top of a pocket chart or lay them out on the floor or a table.
- 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 of the picture cards have been sorted.
Teacher Tip: 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.
This is a great opportunity for students to learn some new vocabulary words and discuss fun camping activities!
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