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Four in a Row Game - Syllables

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: PK - K

Segment words into syllables as you count them with this set of 24 picture cards and syllable-count gameboard.

Help students decode words by isolating their syllables. 

By segmenting syllables, students can focus on each sound and then blend them to read the word.  

In our Four in a Row syllables game, students will pick a card, segment the syllables, and count them. Then find a matching number of syllables on the game board and connect four in a row.  

Learn to Read While Segmenting Syllables

This resource can be used as a reading center activity or with your guided reading group to practice segmenting words into syllables and counting them.

Provide players with a set of manipulatives (counters, mini erasers, cubes, counting bears). Choose a card, say the word, and identify the number of syllables it contains. Find the matching number on the game board, and cover it up. Connect four squares in a row to win! When the cards run out, mix them up and start again.

More Syllable Activities + Scaffolding and Extension Tips

This resource can be used for individualized practice, especially if you’ve got fast finishers. You can also use this game to create additional learning opportunities like group activities, lesson reviews, comprehension assessments, and more. 

Engage multiple senses while working on phonological awareness! If your students have trouble identifying syllables, show them how to clap them out. Adding both physical and auditory elements makes the act of sounding out words a fun activity. 

Check out 10 helpful scaffolding strategies here! 

Alphabetical Ordering

After students are done playing the game, challenge them to put the word cards in alphabetical order.

Draw it out

Challenge students to think of more words they know with 1, 2, or 3 syllables. Ask them to draw pictures of those words, and write the number of syllables each has below the drawing. 

Scoot Activity

Place each of the 24 picture cards around the room. Ask students to stand up with a blank sheet of paper numbered 1-24 to use as a recording sheet. Assign one card to each student (or pair) to start, having them rotate through each card to write on their recording sheet how many syllables the word on each picture card contains. 

(NOTE: We suggest printing a second set of cards for this activity that you can number.)

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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