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Grade 1 Syllable Words Worksheets

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.d is a specific Common Core State Standard in English Language Arts (ELA) for first grade students under the Reading Foundational Skills (RF) strand.

The specific standard states:

“Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).”


Segmenting refers to breaking down words into their individual sounds or phonemes. In simpler terms, this standard requires first-grade students to be able to break down spoken single-syllable words into their individual sounds or phonemes. For example, the word “cat” can be segmented into three phonemes: /k/ /æ/ /t/. This skill is crucial for developing phonemic awareness, which is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words.

Teaching Strategies for Syllable Words

Teachers can help students practice this skill through various activities, such as:

1. Sound Boxes (Elkonin Boxes)

  • Materials: Drawn boxes on paper or a whiteboard.
  • Activity: Have students move a marker or token into a box for each sound they hear in a word. For example, for the word “dog,” they would move three tokens: one for /d/, one for /o/, and one for /g/.

2. Clapping or Tapping Sounds

  • Activity: Say a single-syllable word aloud and have students clap or tap for each sound they hear. For example, when you say “fish,” students would clap three times: /f/ /i/ /sh/.

3. Phoneme Counting Worksheet

  • Activity: Say a word and ask students to count the number of sounds. You can use fingers to help them visualize the count. For example, with the word “sun,” students would hold up three fingers for /s/ /u/ /n/. Here is a worksheet for this:
counting syllables on fingers worksheet
Counting syllable worksheet

4. Sound Segmenting Games

  • Materials: Use picture cards or objects.
  • Activity: Show a picture of a cat and ask students to segment the word into its sounds. They could say /k/ /æ/ /t/ as they point to the picture or objects.

5. Interactive Digital Tools Worksheet

  • Resources: Use interactive worksheets designed to practice phonemic awareness. Click here to access these worksheets for free.
word sort worksheet

You can also access Grade 1 Syllable worksheets from workybooks interactive and printable library by clicking here!

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