Syllables Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Want to have fun while teaching your class about syllables? In this lesson plan, you will find a text lesson explains the basics and a lively activity makes identifying syllables a snap.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'syllable'
  • identify syllables in words


30 minutes to 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.


  • The quiz associated with the lesson


  • Begin by asking the students to read the introduction and 'Identifying Syllables' section of the text lesson Syllables Lesson for Kids: Definition & Rules aloud as a group, tapping along with the lesson when instructed to.
  • As they read, write the words 'fox' and 'window' on the board, marking the syllables.
  • Now have the students say their names aloud, tapping their desks to mark each syllable.
  • Have the class read aloud and follow the activity in the next section of the text lesson, 'Using Syllables.'
  • As they read, write the word 'impossible' on the board, marking the syllables.
  • Now write the following words on the board: 'butter,' 'amazing,' 'excited,' 'frog,' 'incredible,' 'mammal.'
  • Ask the students to stand up.
  • Going word by word, have the students stomp their feet to represent the number of syllables in each word. For example, students should stomp twice for 'butter' and so on.
  • When you've gone through each of the words on the board, have the class read the rest of the lesson aloud.
  • Now complete the quiz associated with the lesson orally as a group, reviewing each question and answer aloud.

Discussion Questions

  • What would happen to our speech without syllables? Is this possible?
  • Can syllables change in a word?

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