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Syllable Types Sorting Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  16 Dec 2022

Practise identifying and sorting syllable types in two- and three-syllable words with this treasure-themed sorting activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  11 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  2 - 3

teaching resource

Syllable Types Sorting Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  16 Dec 2022

Practise identifying and sorting syllable types in two- and three-syllable words with this treasure-themed sorting activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  11 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  2 - 3

Practise identifying and sorting syllable types in two- and three-syllable words with this treasure-themed sorting activity.

Syllable Types – A ‘Treasured’ Decoding Tool!

Current research indicates that understanding syllable types can help early readers and writers break down words into smaller, more manageable chunks. There are six main syllable types: closed, open, magic (or silent) e, vowel team, r-controlled, and consonant +le. 

This treasure-themed sorting activity has been designed to help your students identify syllable types in two- and three-syllable words. It contains an instructions page, 30 sorting cards, four sorting mats, a recording sheet and an answer key.

How to Use This Syllable Types Sorting Activity

  1. Print and cut out the resource. Thick card is recommended for added durability.
  2. Provide students with a set of coin cards, the sorting mats and a recording sheet.
  3. Students look at the word on the coin card and then identify the syllable type of the underlined syllable. Students place the card on the correct syllable types sorting mat.
  4. Once they have finished sorting all of the cards, students list the words according to syllable type on their recording sheet.

Tips for Extension and Scaffolding

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your English program. It can be used for small groups, whole-class learning or independent practice.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Simplify the task for students who may be overwhelmed by the number of cards contained in the activity. Provide these students with a smaller number of cards to sort, for example, one or two words for each syllable type. 

Challenge Fast Finishers

Encourage fast finishers to create some more coin cards and sort them under the correct syllable type headings.

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Use the dropdown menu next to the Download button to access the PDF or editable Google slides version of this resource.


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

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