1.)Activate prior knowledge by introducing some 1, 2,and 3 syllable words that the children already know. Discuss how the vowel sound in words is broken into parts called syllables.
2.)Write some words on the board (SmartBoard or use the overhead) and have the children figure out how many syllables each word has. Have students play a clapping game with the words. Have them clap once for each syllable in the word. Have each student clap a word to check for understanding.
3.)Introduce the book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Tell the children that many of the words in this book have 3 syllables and may be harder to read.
4.)Give the children an opportunity to look over the text. Ask them if they have found any words that are not known.
5.)Tell them to use the strategy of breaking words into syllables for decoding.
6.)Now tell the children that they will use what they know about syllables and read the story to a friend (students or the teacher may pick partners).
7.)After the children have read the book, allow them to come back to a whole group and discuss the book.
8.)Have the children participate in a play. (Reader's Theatre) Allow them to choose parts - if it is a large class it may be best to divide them up into groups to perform the story.
9.)After children choose parts give them a chance to look at their part and they can make a costume or prop to go with their character.
10.)Then the children will practice reading the story paying close attention to those words with more than 2 syllables.
11.)After participating in Reader's Theatre, organize the children into groups of three. They will then use the graphic organizer supplied by the teacher to categorize ten 1-syllable words, ten 2-syllable words, and ten 3-syllable words. After they are finished they will share their findings with the class.
(Four Column Chart
)This chart will help students organize the 1-syllable words, 2-syllable words, and 3-syllable words.
12.)For extra practice, students can visit the website below to practice identifying the number of syllables in words. The teacher may take a grade from the quiz if desired.
(SYLLABLES POP-UP COUNTING QUIZ
)This website allows students to participate in a syllable quiz to check their ability to break words down into syllables.
13.)After students have had plenty of practice breaking words into syllables, assign a writing project. Have students write a story using at least 4 of the same 3-syllable words found in Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. They will need to chose an animal from the story to use in their writing. They must list at least 2 facts about that animal in their writing. They may use the graphic organizer to help them.