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Syllable Lesson- Addition

(Corresponds with Phonological Awareness Skill 3.4)


Please read these instructions prior to beginning the lesson and direct any questions to your teacher.

Lesson Description

This lesson focuses on adding a syllable/word to the beginning or end of an existing syllable/word to create a new compound word (cow and boy = cowboy). Syllables are represented by rectangle

This At-Home Lesson is best used for the following grade levels:  Pre-K and Kindergarten

Before you start the lesson, please follow the steps below:

• Step 1
Read Parent Instructions below

• Step 2
Download and Print At-Home Lesson Plan

• Step 3
View the videos below with your child. Be sure to watch video 1 first.

  • Video 1: “I DO”
  • Video 2: “WE DO”

• Step 4
Follow the parent script for student practice that is found within the At-Home Lesson Plan

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Parent Instructions:

Phonological Awareness is understanding that spoken words are made up of sounds. It is the foundation for learning to read.  We begin instruction with a larger part of a word and work towards the smallest part of a word which is a phoneme. 

Your child probably already knows how to listen to a spoken word and clap to count the syllables. This lesson will deepen the child’s knowledge by beginning with a word/syllable and adding another word/syllable to make a new word.   Here you will find everything you need to help guide your child through the lesson.

Syllable Parent Instructions

Before you start the videos you will want to print these instructions, the arrow mat, one blue rectangle, and one yellow rectangle.  If you aren’t able to print you might want to take a picture of these instructions on your phone.  You can create the materials using a piece of paper and drawing the arrow.   Make the rectangles by using ½ of an index card.  Cut the ½ into two pieces and color one blue and one yellow. 

Watch video 1 with your child. In this video the teacher will model the steps of building a compound word. Your child does not need any materials for this part of the lesson.

Watch video 2 with your child. It will begin by reminding you of the materials needed for the lesson. Next, the video will show you exactly how to add a syllable to the end or the beginning of a word to make a new word.  There will be several opportunities for your child to practice. 

After the video is finished you will want to use the following script to have your child practice.


Download At-Home Lesson Plan

Syllable Addition - PA Skill 3.4 - Video 1

Syllable Addition - PA Skill 3.4 - Video 2