Syllables are an important part of the English language, but yet also somewhat abstract. As a kid, words are just words so learning all the ins and outs of nouns, verbs, tenses, and syllables (along with all the other stuff!) can be a bit confusing.
Thankfully, syllables can be one of the easiest concepts to teach as it engages your students’ bodies through clapping! Continue the fun and reinforce your lesson on syllables with this engaging printable!
Syllable Counting Cards
With 50 different words, these fun Syllable Counting Do-A-Dot Cards are an excellent way to reinforce syllable counting. The words range from one-syllable words to five-syllable words and each card contains a picture of the word.
So even if you’re little one can’t quite read all those five-syllable words, with some help from you and the pictures, they may learn some new vocabulary!
How to use your Do-A-Dot Cards
Prepping these cards is beyond easy. Simply print them out, cut them in half to separate the cards, and voila! your cards are ready to use.
If you plan on using them with a whole class you may want to laminate the cards so they can be reused, but if the cards are only going to be used once they’re best used as is.
Mix the cards up so that they are in random order.
If using the cards without laminating, simply grab your paint dabbers and show your learner how to dot the corresponding number of circles to match the number of syllables.
If laminated you can get a bit more creative and use either dry erase markers, play-dough, mini erasers, or whatever your creative mind comes up with!
Simply use whatever dot marker you choose to mark the corresponding number of circles to match the number of syllables in each word.
There are many ways to teach syllables, but the most common way is learning to clap out the number of sounds you hear. For example, the word FOX has just one syllable because it is one complete sound.
On the other hand, the word ELEVATOR has four syllables. This can be heard in the separate sounds when broken down: EL-E-VA-TOR.
When teaching syllables through clapping, you are engaging multiple senses.
Your learner is engaging their hearing by listening closely to each sound bit.
They are engaging their voices by saying the words out loud and they are engaging their body through the movement of clapping.
When you engage multiple senses, especially all at one time, your learners’ ability to comprehend is increased.
Adding yet another sense, the visual component of marking the circles with dabbers or other objects, you are once more reinforcing the concept.
By the end of these 50 Do-A-Dot Cards, your student should not only be having fun but will also be feeling confident in their understanding of syllables!