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Counting and Segmenting Syllables

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In this Counting Syllables Video

Dee and Kala are sitting at the kitchen counter. As Dee stares at the refrigerator, he wonders aloud about magnetic words on it. “Do you notice how some words are long and some words are short?” he says. “Yes, why do you think that is?” Kala responds. In this introductory phonics video, Dee and Kala learn about counting syllables and syllables segmenting.

Counting Syllables Kindergarten

Let’s learn more about segmenting syllables and counting syllables in words with the following explanation. Don’t forget to try a counting syllables activity and counting syllables worksheet (kindergarten) at the end!

How to Teach Segmenting Syllables and Counting Syllables

All words are made up of one or more syllables. Let’s look at an example word, like donut. It has syllables! Syllables have one vowel sound, like the ‘o’ in ‘do’ and take one puff of air to say, as in ‘nut’.

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Words can have a different number of syllables depending on their length. To learn words, we can pull them apart into their syllables: ‘do’ and ‘nut’ make donut! This is called segmenting.

To segment a word, it helps to clap it out as you say it aloud. ‘Do’ gets one clap and ‘nut’ get another clap. Count the number of claps you make to see how many syllables the word has! Donut has two claps, so it has two syllables.

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Let's try it with a longer word like volcano. First, say the word aloud: volcano!

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Then, say it aloud again but clap along this time with each puff of air. ‘Vol’ gets one clap. ‘Ca’ gets one clap. ‘No’ gets one last clap.

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We clapped three times, so ‘volcano’ has three syllables!

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Why Is Counting Syllables Important?

Counting syllables is important because it helps us learn to read, write and spell words. If you can segment syllables and count them, you can figure out how to say them aloud or write them down.

Summary of Steps: Segmenting Words and How to Count Syllables

Words are made of parts called syllables. Syllables have one vowel sound and take one puff of air. To learn words, we can pull them apart into their syllables which is called segmenting. To segment a word,

  • First, say the word aloud.

  • Then, say it aloud again, but clap along this time with each puff of air.

  • Finally, count the number of claps you make to see how many syllables the word has!

Practice with Counting Syllables Worksheets for Kindergarten and Segmenting Words into Syllables Worksheets

Have you practiced with a counting syllables worksheet yet? On this website, you can also find counting syllables worksheets and segmenting syllables activities.

Transcript Counting and Segmenting Syllables

Dee and Kala are relaxing at the kitchen counter while Dee stares at the magnets on the fridge. "Kala, do you notice how some words are long and some words are short?” “Yes, you’re right some words take a lot of air to say and some not much at all." "Why do you think that is?” Let's find out by learning about "Counting & Segmenting Syllables!" Words, like donut, are made of parts called syllables. Syllables have one vowel sound, like the O in dough and take one puff of air to say, as in nut. Words can have a different numbers of syllables depending on their length. To learn words, we can pull them apart into their syllables, dough and nut make donut! This is called segmenting. To segment a word, it helps to clap it out as you say it aloud: Dough-nut. Count the number of claps you make to see how many syllables the word has! Let's try it with the word: volcano. This time say it with me: volcano! Nice work! Now let's clap it out: Vol, Kay, No. We clapped one, two, three times. So,volcano has three syllables! Let's try the word cabin. This time say it with me: cabin! Clap it out with Dee now: Cab-In How many times did we clap? We clapped one, two times. How many syllables does the word cabin have? Cabin has two syllables! Finally, let's try the word bag. Say it with me: bag! Will you clap it out with Dee now? Okay! Buh-ag Hmm, something's not right! Buh doesn't have a vowel sound and doesn't need a whole puff of air by itself, so it should stay with ag. Let's try segmenting it one more time. Say it again with me: bag! Now let's clap it out: Bag. That's better; how many times did we clap? We clapped one time! So how many syllables does the word bag have? Bag has one syllable! While Dee and Kala play with some more magnets on the fridge, let's remember! Words are made of parts called syllables. Syllables have one vowel sound and take one puff of air. To learn words, we can pull them apart into their syllables which is called segmenting. Segmenting helps us say, read, and write words! To segment a word, it helps to clap along as you say it aloud. Count the number of claps you make to see how many syllables the word has! "Making and segmenting words with these magnets is really fun, Dee." "Agreed, but do you know what I like even more?" "What's that?" "Being friends with you!"

Counting and Segmenting Syllables exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Counting and Segmenting Syllables.
  • Fill in the sentence.

    Hints

    Remember, segmenting is when we pull words apart into syllables.

    Solution

    The correct word is syllables!

    Words are made of parts called syllables.

  • Segment the word.

    Hints

    Move each syllable where you hear it.

    Which sound comes first?

    Solution

    The syllables we hear are ap and ple. Together, the word is apple. It is a two syllable word.

  • Match the words to the number of syllables.

    Hints

    Remember, to find the number of syllables, we clap the word as we say it. The number of claps tells us how many syllables the word has.

    Look at the word caterpillar. Say it out loud. Now, clap it as you say it: cat er pill ar. There are 4 claps. The word caterpillar has 4 syllables.

    Solution

    We say the word out loud, and then clap the parts to find how many syllables it has.

    • The word log has one syllable: log
    • The word picnic has two syllables: pic nic
    • The word butterfly has three syllables: but ter fly
    • The word avocado has four syllables: a vo ca do.

  • Choose the image.

    Hints

    Clap the word out loud to find how many syllables it has.

    Say the word out loud, then clap it to segment it. Which sounds do you hear first? Which are in the middle? Which are at the end?

    Solution

    The word dinosaur has 3 syllables.

  • Select the correct word.

    Hints

    Remember, a one syllable word can be said with one puff of air.

    When we say the word out loud, then clap it, it will have one clap to show one syllable.

    Solution

    The word car has one syllable, It can be said in one puff of air, and has one clap.

  • How many syllables?

    Hints

    Remember, say each word aloud first. Then, clap the word as you say it to find the number of syllables.

    An example of a one syllable word is hat.

    An example of a two syllable word is paper.

    And example of a three syllable word is fantastic.

    Solution

    By saying the word out loud, then clapping it as we say it, we can determine the number of syllables.