What is a syllable?

Every word is made up of syllables. Each syllable has one vowel sound. A syllable is a single, unbroken sound of a written or spoken word. Syllables usually have a vowel and accompanying consonants. Sometimes syllables are called ‘beats’ of spoken language.

When you are reading, it can help to break up a word into syllables. 

The words ladder and dinner both have two syllables. To read a word with two syllables, first sound out each syllable on its own. Then, say them together.

 

Complete the sentence with ladder.

Dad climbed up the ladder.

The word dinner does not make sense in the sentence.

 

Now that you know what a syllable is, let’s start the activities!