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Open and Closed Simple Syllables

Open and closed syllables are the first two syllable types your students should learn. Hundreds of common words can be spelled using these simple syllables, so teach them early and well!

Here is a great place to start:

You’ll start with these fun teaching tools–the open road and OPEN SYLLABLES:The LONG measuring tape remind us that these vowels are LONG. But, as we “go” along the road, we might run into a barrier–a CONSONANT barrel:

 

The road is CLOSED and our vowel is now closed in by a consonant. The short measuring tape reminds us that the vowel’s sound is now SHORT.

After this demonstration with real and nonsense words, your students are ready to change their open-syllable cars to closed syllables with various consonant barriers. There is a recording sheet included for this activity.

 

Your students will also sort open and closed syllables with this activity:

A separate Open or Closed worksheet will help you asses your students’ ability to identify these syllable types.

Did you notice that all of your students’ syllable manipulatives, sorting mats and instruction cards fit neatly in an IRIS container? I love ’em, too!

Grab this helpful simple syllables pack today and tomorrow for HALF OFF! More syllable sets are in the works, so check back with me soon! Have a great weekend!

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The perfect addition to your Star Wars-themed classroom—a lightsaber number line! These come in Black Galaxy and Silver.  They are 3″ tall (the hilt is 4″ tall by 13.5″ long). You can add your favorite paper behind the blade for a “glowing” effect.     These number lines can grow as your students practice and… Continue Reading

My Calendar

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Solo’s Sound Wars

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