Post 6: Consolidation Activities

Once you have introduced a type of syllable, it is important to give students an opportunity to consolidate their understanding. The below activities can be done with any syllable types, but for demonstration purposes, we’ll focus on Closed Syllable examples.

Word Making

Students can build closed words using given letters. (magnetic letters, tiles, scrabble tiles, etc.) Challenge them to make as many words as they can and record them on a white board. Keep in mind that they are trying to make words that only have the short vowel sounds. Students can make single or multi-syllable words

Word Sorting

Students can sort words. For example, students can sort Closed Syllable (pat, snap, man, etc.) vs not Closed Syllable (make, feet, play). Depending on the age and stage of your students, you can either give them pre-made sorts to complete, or students can create their own sorts. To being with, it is usually a good idea to sort with just one concept (e.g., Closed Syllable vs Vowel Team).

Word Webs

  1. Word Webs:

Children can use a word web to make different kinds of associations. Use a common closed syllable spelling pattern in the middle such as “an” or “ack”, and see how many words they can create around the web. Student at a beginning level can just substitute first letter to create new words. Students with a deeper understanding can create multi-syllable words.


Students can play Bingo to practice Closed Syllable words. The game can either be provided for them, or students can make their own bingo game. Here is a free site that works well: Students can generate a list of their own words, type them into the website, then print them in PDF format. This activity also allows for multiple entry points. Students can do single syllable words, multi-syllable words, or words with prefixes and/or suffixes.

Game Boards

There are many different games that can be played with Closed Syllables. The link below provides different game boards that can be printed and used. Students who are at the beginning stages of reading can work on reading or spelling one-syllable words. Students who are more advanced can read or spell multi-syllable words. Simply make your own card deck to go along side of the game. Students choose a card from the deck and either have to read it or spell it correctly in order to move forward.

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