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Free Environmental Print Reading Worksheets: Counting Syllables

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Counting syllables is a pre-reading skill that children are expected to master in preschool or kindergarten. Learning to count syllables is important because:

  • Dividing words into syllables helps the process of decoding
  • Knowing the rules for syllable division helps students read words more accurately and fluently
  • Knowing the rules for syllable division helps children to understand the conventions for spelling English words

Kindergarten and First Grade Reading Standards


Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.


Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.


Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.

Kindergarten Alphabet Skills include:

  • determine the number of syllables in a word
  • find and count vowels in a word
  • decoding

Counting Syllables Worksheets


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Interactive Digital Lessons

Students will click on the number that represents how many syllables are in the word.

Each slide has a picture and the word typed out to help with image recognition and environmental print. Students drag the ornament marker to the number to show how many syllables.


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