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Labelling Syllables - Interactive Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  14 Dec 2022

Practise identifying syllable types in two- and three-syllable words with this engaging interactive activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  PowerPoint, Google Slides

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  2 - 3

teaching resource

Labelling Syllables - Interactive Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  14 Dec 2022

Practise identifying syllable types in two- and three-syllable words with this engaging interactive activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  PowerPoint, Google Slides

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  2 - 3

Practise identifying syllable types in two- and three-syllable words with this engaging interactive activity.

What Are the Six Syllable Types?

Understanding syllables and syllable types can be a valuable tool for our students to draw upon when they encounter unfamiliar words. But what are the six syllable types? Let us enlighten you!

  • Closed syllable: A closed syllable has only one vowel followed by one or more consonants. The vowel has a short vowel sound.
  • Open syllable: An open syllable ends in a vowel. The vowel has a long vowel sound. The vowel says its letter name. Remember that ‘y’ can act as a vowel.
  • Magic e syllable: A magic e syllable has one vowel followed by a consonant and a silent e. The vowel has a long vowel sound. 
  • Vowel team syllable: A vowel team syllable has a team of two or more letters that work together to make one vowel sound. Sometimes, the team includes consonant letters, like ay, oy, ow, and aw.      
  • R-controlled syllable: An r-controlled syllable has an r following a vowel. The r changes the vowel sound to neither long nor short.       
  • Consonant +le: A consonant +le syllable comes at the end of a word. It has a consonant, then an l, then a silent e.       

This interactive activity has been designed to help your students identify syllable types in two- and three-syllable words. It contains 20 activity slides. Each slide contains a word labelled according to syllable type in two ways- one correct and one incorrect! Students must identify the correct option and click on the gift image underneath. If correct, students will see an image of the word and can proceed to the next slide by clicking the ‘next’ button.  If incorrect, students must click on the ‘back’ button to try again.  

For example:
How should the word ‘robot’ be correctly labelled according to syllable type?
Is it:

a) ro (open) bot (closed) OR

b) ro (vowel team) bot (closed)

The correct answer, of course, is option a! (Well done if you got that one correct!)

Tips for Extension and Support

This syllables resource 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 completing the game. Our Types of Syllables Posters would be perfect for this purpose!
  • For students who require an extension, challenge them to create additional labelling syllables questions to swap with a partner. These could be done using a digital learning tool or on paper.

No Prep Required… Just Click ‘Download’!

Use the dropdown arrow on the Download button to choose between the Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint version of this resource.

Be sure to open the document in Presentation/Slideshow mode to enable the interactive features.


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

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