Science of Reading: Word of the Day – Syllable Division Rules


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This word study resource is a daily 10-minute teaching routine that helps students learn the 6 syllable division rules. In addition, they will analyze spelling patterns, roots, affixes, phonemes, morphology, and syllabication.

Designed for grades 2-5, this resource will help your students unlock the code and become skilled readers and spellers. With engaging Google Slides presentations, a comprehensive teacher guide, and a student recording sheet, this resource is a must-have for any teacher looking to close gaps in early foundational reading skills in an upper elementary classroom.


What’s Included In This Resource?

  • Google Slides (used to teach/analyze each word):
    • There are a total of 40 words in your slide deck.
    • There are six syllable division rules: VC|CV, VC|V, V|CV, C + le, VC|CCV + VCC|CV, and VC|CCCV.
    • For each rule, there are 5 words. Adjust your pacing as needed.
    • There is also a bonus set of 10 words at the end of the slide deck for mixed review.
  • Teacher Guide: Not quite sure what the syllable division rules are? Or what a schwa vowel sound is? Or what to point out when focusing on morphology? Don’t worry… the teacher guide will walk you through all of this! It includes a detailed analysis of each word in your deck. From how to divide the word into syllables, to spelling patterns, to word parts, to pronunciation.
  • Student Recording Sheet: If you want your students to follow along paper/pencil as you are analyzing the word(s) of the day, print out the student recording sheet so they can –
    • identify the part of speech
    • label syllables
    • label short and long vowels
    • circle digraphs, blends, glued sounds, vowel teams, or silent letters
    • highlight roots, prefixes, and suffixes


What Does The Routine Look Like?

  • Step 1: Prep by printing out your teacher guide and making copies of the student recording sheet
  • Step 2: Put your Google Slides presentation in slideshow mode and as you work your way through the teacher guide mini-lesson, click for the animations to occur on the Slide
  • Here are two examples of how you can teach the words:
    • You can do a word a day to complete a rule per week, OR
    • You can do five words a day and cover all the division rules in just over a week (this would work well if you want to model the first 2 words and then have students complete the other 3 in pairs or independently)
To brush up on your knowledge of syllable division rules and the types of syllables, check out this blog post

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Science of Reading: Word of the Day – Syllable Division Rules


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