Silly Syllables

For a bit of fun, why not try saying "Silly Syllables" quickly 5 times in a row.  It's difficult isn’t it?  Now that your mouth is warmed up, let’s give some syllables a go!

A syllable is a single, unbroken sound of a spoken (or written) word.  It is a vowel sound with or without surrounding consonants.  For example:

Cat has one syllable -> Cat

Water has two syllables -> Wa / ter

See if you can work out how many syllables are in the below words. Answers are at the bottom of the sheet. 

Tip: It helps to stand in front of a mirror and watch how your mouth moves when you say each one.

  • STARFISH
  • DOG
  • COMPUTER
  • PENCIL
  • NOSE
  • POTATO
  • HORSESHOE
  • DESK
  • UNDO
  • UNDERWATER

Dance: Haiku Hip Hop

Haikus are Japanese poems.  A haiku has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7 syllables and the third and last line has 5!  Create your own Haiku then perform a different dance move to each syllable.  It can be any combination of moves you like!  We call it – Haiku Hip Hop!  Here's an example:

Dancing is great fun

Moving as much as you can

Then you take a break.

Here’s an example of what the first line might be like with dance moves:

              DANC-                                          -ING                                      IS          

                         GREAT                                                                   FUN

Send us pictures or videos of what you have done. Ask your parents to help you send them to rte.ie/learn

Syllable Answers:  2 / 1 / 3 / 2 / 1 / 3 / 2 / 1 / 2 / 4