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Deconstructing Words

Use connecting blocks to “construct” words where each block represents one syllable. Remove a block and talk about the word that remains.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read and enjoy the rhythmic syllable silliness of "Tanka Tanka Skunk!' by Steve Webb.

    -Use divided candy bars or crackers to represent the syllables in words. Invite your child to delete a syllable by eating it, and then he or she can tell you which syllables remain to be eaten.

Adjust for an older child

Older children can progress from deleting syllables to substituting syllables. For example, if you delete the beginning syllable from “turkey” and add the syllable “don”, what word will you create? Donkey!

Adjust for a younger child

Since syllable deletion is an advanced skill, younger children will benefit from simply clapping syllables.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Segmenting Sentences and Words

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