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Syllables
A syllable is a word or a word segment that is pronounced as a single sound. Some words have one syllable (including cat, dog, fish, and walk). Some words have two syllables (including apple, orange, and walking). Some words have three syllables (including syllable, important, and excellent). Some words have more.

Here are some words divided into syllables:

ap-ple
ba-by
ca-ble
dad-dy
eve-ry-one
fire
gym-nas-tics
hab-i-tat
in-de-pend-ent
jour-nal-ist
ka-lei-do-scope
land-scape
mam-mal
neg-a-tive
o-pen
pa-ja-mas
ques-tion
re-spect-ful
strengths
syl-la-ble
to-bog-gan
u-ku-le-le
vet-er-an
wa-ter
xy-lo-phone
yel-low
ze-bra

Sometimes, in writing or printing, a long word needs to be divided at the end of a line. When this is necessary, the word is divided between syllables, and a hyphen is used to mark the division. For example:

"Some dinosaurs, including T. rex and Giganotasaurus, were gi-
ant predators that had huge teeth, strong jaws, and deadly claws.

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Match syllables

Match the Syllables to Make Words

On these theme-based sprintable worksheets, the student matches syllables to make words.
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Write 1, 2, 3, and 4 Syllable Words

Write as many one-, two-, three-, and four-syllable words as you can.
Word for Each Letter

Find a One-Syllable Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a one-syllable word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
Word for Each Letter

Find a Two-Syllable Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a two-syllable word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
Word for Each Letter

Find a Three-Syllable Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a three-syllable word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
Word for Each Letter

Find a Four-Syllable Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a four-syllable word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
Word for Each Letter

Find a Five-Syllable Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a five-syllable word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.


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