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Syllable Words for Class 1 English

The chapter covers the definition, examples, and common mistakes of syllables. The concept will help students to read one and two syllable words correctly and improve their pronunciation.

In this learning concept, the students will learn about:

  • Definition of the syllable.
  • Identify one syllable words and two syllable words.

Each concept is described to class 1 students using examples, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through the concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.
Download the worksheets for one and two syllable words worksheet and check your answers with the worksheet solutions provided in PDF format.

The English language has so many words, and each word can be divided into smaller parts. These small parts are based on sounds.

Definition

  • A syllable can be a complete meaningful word or a part of a word with one vowel or two vowels which are a, e, i ,o, and u.
  • A word can have one or more than one syllables.

To understand the syllables, first, you must know the way sounds are written.

Sounds for every letter are written in the following way:

The sound for the letter ‘s’ can be written as /s/.

Learn How to Find One Syllable Words

a) This is a dog.

Img 1_ one syllable words that start with d

dog

Can you count how many syllables are there in the word dog?

d-o-g

The answer is one syllable.

Why does the word ‘dog’ have only one syllable?

When you say the word ‘dog’, you can hear only one vowel sound (o vowel). Therefore, it has one syllable.

Img 2_ one syllable word_Pan

The word ‘pan’ has also one syllable. Why?

Because it also has one vowel sound which is /a/.

Examples of one syllable words:

Let’s look at a few words with one syllable:

Sr No. Words Syllable Syllable Number
1 rocket /roc-ket/ two
2 candle /can-dle/ two
3 pencil /pen-cil/ two
4 picnic /pic-nic/ two
5 monkey /mon-key/ two
6 water /wa-ter/ two
7 pilot /pi-lot/ two

Find Two Syllable Words

Now we will talk about words with two syllables.

The first part of the word ends with the vowel sound ‘i’, and in the second part, we can hear the ‘e’ vowel sound. Therefore, ‘spider’ has two syllables.

a)

Img 3_ two syllable words starting with s

The word ‘Spider’ has two syllables in it.

b)

Img 4_phonic sound of w

Similarly, the word ‘window’ has two syllables in it.

In the first part of the word, the ‘i’ vowel sound can be heard. So, ‘win’ makes one syllable. In the second part, the vowel ‘o’ can be heard in the middle, making the second syllable. Therefore, the word ‘window’ has two syllables.

Examples:

Let’s look at a few words with two syllables.

Sr No. Words Syllable Syllable Number
1 cat /cat/ one
2 pin /pin/ one
3 boat /boat/ one
4 pink /pink/ one
5 fish /fish/ one
6 sun /sun/ one
7 rose /rose/ one

Exception

  1. The letter ‘y’ is a consonant, but sometimes it makes a vowel sound /i/.
  2. Examples:

    Img 5_one syllable words that start with c

    As we know, the letter ‘y’ sometimes makes a vowel sound. Thus, the word has one syllable.

  3. If a syllable ends in a silent vowel ‘e’, it won’t be considered a syllable. The words ending with the vowel ‘e’ and another vowel are considered to have a single syllable.

Examples:

Glide, snake, love, pride, etc.

Img 6_ Syllable chart
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