The following collection of worksheets will teach your students how to identify and use syllables.

Syllables are the number of separate beats in a word. A syllable is a form of a unit of measure. It is one unit of pronunciation that is said without any form interruption. Every single word has at least one syllable. They help us break words up into parts or pieces that help us better recognize and sound out words. This really improves your ability to decode any multisyllabic word. Overall, your reading fluency and word accuracy will be heightened to new levels. Not only will we be able to sound out words, but we will become better spellers. This will become a huge asset for students as they come across large words that they have no or limited experience with. You will find this particularly helpful when you reach upper level science classes where completely new vocabulary is introduced almost daily.

These activity sheets will help your students learn were and how to correctly split words up into their component syllables using both word and picture clues. Note for Instructors: Make sure your students understand the difference between syllables and phonemes; they are not the same thing (refer to our phoneme worksheets elsewhere on this site)! Syllable count worksheets are not the meat of what we do around here, but they are necessary to progress towards being fluent with this skill. As always answer keys are found easily.

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Printable Syllable Worksheets

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The Syllable Game

Roll a die. Think of a word that has the same number of syllables as the number that you rolled. Write your word.

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Sort The Out

Read the words in the box. Count how many of them there are in each word and sort them into the proper columns. "Clap" all of them out loud.

Counting Syllables

Read each word. Circle the words that contain three.

How Many Are There?

Read each word. Identify the number of beats in the word. Write how many there are on the line.

Counting Them All Up

Divide each word into parts by putting a slash ( / ) between and every one of them. Use a dictionary to help you. Then write the total number of them in each word on the line.

Sounds Like A Zoo

Circle the number of word chunks for each word.

Dividing Them Up

Find the word that has been divided into syllables correctly. Write its letter on the line.

Find the Opening

Split each word into word sounds. Write the letters that are made up of a single syllable on each line. Follow the example.

Counting Sounds

Circle the number of sounds for each word.

Clapping Out Syllables

As you say each word, clap out the syllables. Write the number that you hear next to each word.

Clap and Count!

As you say each word, clap out the ditties you hear. Write the number of syllables you hear next to each word.

My Word Counts

Split each word into syllables. Write the letters that have only one on each line. Follow the example.

Count the Word Chunks

Find out how many are in each word.

Practice Worksheet

As you say each word, clap and count. Write the number of beats you hear next to each word.

How Many Are There?

Say the name of each picture out loud. Clap your hands once for each beat of sound that you hear. Circle the matching number for each word.

The Right Stuff

Read each word and write the number on the lines.

Say It and Circle It

Say each word. Circle the number of bumps that you hear.

Dividing Syllables

Find the word that has been divided into word parts correctly. Write its letter on the line.

Rolling the Die

Roll a die. Think of a word that has the same number of syllables as the number that you rolled. Write your word.

Word Symphony

Read the words in the box. Count the syllables in each word and sort them into the proper columns. "Clap" out the words.

3-Syllable Words

Read each word. Circle the ones that contain three claps.

I Wish I Knew

Read each word. Another count for you on this worksheet.

Splitting Up Syllables

Split each word into word claps. Write the letters that have just one on each line. Follow the example.

Keep on Counting

You will need to clap up to four times on these words.

Clap It Out

As you say each word, clap out the word pieces. Write the number of sounds you hear next to each word.

The Bike Path

Start at the ENTER sign. Color the blocks as you move. You can move up, down, or across (not diagonal), but only on spaces that contain words with two sounds. Finish when you reach the EXIT.

How Many Syllables?

Split each word into word sounds. We are focused on words that have only one sound. Follow the example.

Count the Syllables

Circle the picture whose name contains the number of syllables that is indicated.

ReviewWorksheet

As you say each word, clap out the words. Write the number of sounds you hear next to each word.

How Many Syllables Did You Hear?

Sort each word into the correct box. The words include: circle, mistake, sentences, oranges, country, office, flannel, images, secret, lioness, arrogant, tomahawk, glasses, sweater, apricot, and settling.