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Identify Syllables in Words

In this worksheet, students practise saying words aloud and counting how many syllables they contain.

'Identify Syllables in Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read Words with More Than One Syllable

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A syllable is a chunk of a word. It is like a beat in music. Listen to these words and try clapping your hands to match the syllables.

car (one syllable) 
per-haps (two syllables) 
un-der-neath (three syllables) 
par-tic-u-lar (four syllables) 

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

(It might help to read the word out loud and clap the syllables.)

 

carpet

1

2

3

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

(It might help to read the word out loud and clap the syllables.)

 

animal

2

3

4

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

(It might help to read the word out loud and clap the syllables.)

 

dinosaur

3

4

5

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

different

2

3

4

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

hippopotamus

5

6

7

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

America

3

4

5

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

alligator

3

4

5

Read this list of girls' names and select the one with the most syllables.

Meena

Molly

Jessica

Isabel

Olivia

Which of these boys' names has the most syllables?

Joshua

Ollie

Alexander

Jayden

Mo

Look at this list of countries and select the name with the most syllables.

Australia

Germany

Canada

Italy

China

  • Question 1

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

(It might help to read the word out loud and clap the syllables.)

 

carpet

CORRECT ANSWER
2
  • Question 2

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

(It might help to read the word out loud and clap the syllables.)

 

animal

CORRECT ANSWER
3
  • Question 3

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

(It might help to read the word out loud and clap the syllables.)

 

dinosaur

CORRECT ANSWER
3
  • Question 4

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

different

CORRECT ANSWER
3
  • Question 5

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

hippopotamus

CORRECT ANSWER
5
  • Question 6

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

America

CORRECT ANSWER
4
  • Question 7

Read the word below and count how many syllables it has.

 

alligator

CORRECT ANSWER
4
  • Question 8

Read this list of girls' names and select the one with the most syllables.

CORRECT ANSWER
Olivia
EDDIE SAYS
'Olivia' has four syllables.
  • Question 9

Which of these boys' names has the most syllables?

CORRECT ANSWER
Alexander
EDDIE SAYS
'Alexander' has four syllables.
  • Question 10

Look at this list of countries and select the name with the most syllables.

CORRECT ANSWER
Australia
EDDIE SAYS
'Australia' has four syllables.
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