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Do you have a teaching/response technique that is your go-to plan for teaching a skill??? Here is mine! I do this every day during the first quarter of school.
2. Listen for the number of syllables in names
of other animal groups (cats, dogs, fish, etc.,).
To get full engagement–all eyes on me–I love
to hold my arms in the air after a friend has
suggested a name. I wait until all eyes are
watching (I love to try a few “false starts”–
it really makes them stay focused), then help
them listen as we clap the name.
For instance, “alligator”. We
clap the syllables four times, stomp them four
times, and finally jump and say the syllables
After trying this with every suggestion, you
can try taking the movement away and
challenge students to just hold up fingers
for to show how many syllables.
Most important is the use of the correct term,
SYLLABLE. Kindergarten students can learn
these terms, and should recognize words like
nouns, verbs, adjectives, syllables and more.
This important skill has become a game in
my classroom. Students ask to play the syllable
game. That’s a win-win in my book!
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