Build multisyllable word decoding skills with upper-grade students with a Google Slides interactive activity.
Decoding Multisyllable Words with Digital Learning Tools
What makes decoding multi-syllable words more challenging? Is it a lack of phonemic awareness, limited vocabulary, neither, or both? Current research suggests that students need explicit instruction to develop the ability to decode multi-syllable words. To do this, students need direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and even more practice. This is where we come in.
This resource provides students with a series of slides on which students identify syllables, divide multi-syllable words, and decode them using Science of Reading strategies. This activity can be used for targeted intervention in small groups or for whole-class instruction. By engaging students in this process, they will better understand
- consonant blends
- vowel digraphs
- r-controlled vowels
- open syllables
- closed syllables
This resource provides students with an engaging way to practice decoding multi-syllable words using the Science of Reading techniques. Students can build reading fluency in a fun, interactive way while building confidence and success with words that may have previously caused them difficulty.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Reading lessons.
In addition to individual student work time, use this activity to enhance learning through guided reading groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners and ELL/ESL students, we have a few suggestions for keeping students on track with these concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
- Complete the activities in a one-to-one instructional setting
- Provide students with paper and pencil practice opportunities prior to attempting the interactive task.
- Have students work together in pairs or small groups to complete the activity.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
- Encourage fast finishers to continue experiencing multi-syllable words by providing them with grade-level nonfiction texts with advanced academic vocabulary.
🧑🏫 Group Learning
Project the slides onto a screen and work through them as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks or mini whiteboards.
Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies!
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the Download button to download the Google Slides version of this resource.
Assign this interactive activity to Google Classroom. Please be sure to open in Edit mode, not presentation mode. Students click/drag/drop to divide and decode multi-syllable words.
Alternatively, print slides to use for your:
- Reading center
- Lesson warm-ups
- End-of-the-day wrap-ups
- Fast finisher activities
- Homework assignments
This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter collaborator.
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