Reading Multisyllabic Words: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

In this lesson, we'll go over some spelling patterns to help you break down and read long, multisyllabic words. Let's find out how to break down some multisyllabic words using some real-life examples.

Multisyllabic Words

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. (Dr. Seuss)

When you read you learn a lot! This learning can lead you to think about many things, like some places you would like to go or what you want to do when you grow up.

However, as you get older, the words you read become more difficult. For example, multisyllabic words are words that have more than one syllable, or vowel sound. To tackle words like this, you must decode them. To decode means to break down a word and figure out how to pronounce it.

Let's start by breaking 'multisyllabic' down into syllables and vowel sounds:

mul / ti / syl / lab / ic

In this next section, we'll look at common spelling patterns you'll find in multisyllabic words.

Multisyllabic Spelling Patterns

Patterns you often see in multisyllabic words include those with vowels and consonants. These are basic patterns, but they can help you tackle any multisyllabic word.

In this chart appearing on your screen, you'll find some common spelling patterns.

Vowel and Consonant Spelling Patterns
Spelling Patterns

Use the spelling patterns to try and figure out how you would decode or break up the following words:

  • napkin: nap / kin
  • silent: si / lent
  • model: mod / el
  • dolphin: dol / phin
  • partner: part / ner
  • science: sci / ence
  • decide: de / cide
  • guitar: gui / tar

When you break larger words up into syllables, it helps you decode them!

Affixes are added to the beginning or end of a root word. They cannot stand alone. The two types of affixes are prefixes and suffixes. A prefix is a group of letters you will see at the beginning of the word. Some common prefixes to look out for are:

  • mis-
  • dis-
  • ex-
  • re-

A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a root word. Some common suffixes are:

  • -le
  • -ed
  • -ing
  • -less
  • -ful
  • -able
  • -ible
  • -ous

Tackle words with affixes by separating the affix from the root word. Here are some examples:

  • misleading: mis / lead / ing
  • discover: dis / cov / er
  • exclaim: ex / claim
  • regenerate: re / gen / er / ate
  • remarkable: re / mark / a / ble
  • startle: star / tle
  • outrageous: out / ra / geous
  • convertible: con / vert / i / ble
  • disrespectful: dis / re / spect / ful

Keep up the great work as you try finding and decoding multisyllabic words in this next nonfiction example!

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