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.