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I Spy Syllable Types - Worksheets

  • Updated

    Updated:  11 Dec 2022

Identify and colour words according to their syllable types with this set of six worksheets.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  12 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  1 - 2

teaching resource

I Spy Syllable Types - Worksheets

  • Updated

    Updated:  11 Dec 2022

Identify and colour words according to their syllable types with this set of six worksheets.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  12 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  1 - 2

Identify and colour words according to their syllable types with this set of six worksheets.

Add Syllable Types to Your Students’ Decoding Toolkit

When teaching our students to read, we want to arm them with as many tools as possible to help them break down words into smaller, more manageable chunks. One such tool is having an understanding of syllable types.

A syllable type is a classification we can assign to a syllable, based on its phonemic characteristics. There are six main syllable types: closed, open, magic (or silent) e, vowel team, r-controlled and consonant +le. Having an understanding of these distinct syllable types can assist our students when it comes to decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) unfamiliar words.

This set of six worksheets has been designed to help students identify the six syllable types in common words. Each worksheet contains a selection of words written inside blob-like shapes. Students are required to colour the words matching the focus syllable type in blue and then colour all the other words yellow. Answers are also included in the resource download.

Tips for Scaffolding and Extension

This syllables activity has been designed to help your students better understand syllable types. Should you need to support or extend students in your class, you may wish to try the following ideas: 

  • For students who require support, provide them with a visual reminder of the syllable types to refer to while they are completing the activity. Our Types of Syllables Posters would be perfect for this purpose!
  • For students who require an extension, challenge them to draw additional blobs on the back of their worksheet, then write words inside that contain the matching syllable type.

Download the File Format That Best Suits You

Use the dropdown menu next to the Download button to select between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource.

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.

To save paper, why not project the activity onto a screen and work through it as a class? Have students take turns coming up to the board to colour-code the word blobs according to syllable type.


This resource was created by Lisamarie Del Valle, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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