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Teaching the Consonant+le Syllable Type


It’s always so much fun listening and watching our young readers figure out those “longer” words. Many of our little ones are pretty solid decoding one-syllable words and are now ready to learn strategies for decoding multisyllabic words. So, really, what is a syllable? Simply put, a syllable is a unit of pronunciation containing a single vowel sound. “Syllabication” is the process of analyzing the pattern of vowels and consonants in a word to determine where a word is broken into its syllables. The ability to break a word into syllables helps students decode those longer words as well as helps the student remember spelling patterns. Understanding the 7 syllable types helps students to become better readers and writers.

There are 7 types of syllables that occur in all words of the English language. Every word can be broken down into these syllables. These 7 syllables include: closed, open, magic e, vowel teams, r-controlled, dipthongs and consonant le.  Let’s focus on one of those syllable types: Consonant + le

The consonant+le syllable type is known as a “final stable syllable” because it can only occur at the end of words.

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 The Seven Syllable Types Posters can be downloaded for FREE in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

When breaking the word into syllables the c+le is the ending syllable. If the first syllable ends with the vowel (e.g. bugle, cradle, cable, eagle), it is considered “open” the vowel says its long sound.  If the syllable ends with a consonant (e.g. mumble, puzzle, giggle), the syllable is considered “closed” and the vowel says it’s short sound.


The -le becomes its own syllable at the end of the word. The consonant that comes before the -le always stays with the -le ending (never separate the “ck”). The final vowel “e” is always silent, but it creates a new sound for the consonant+l. The schwa sound comes before the “l” and makes the /ul/ sound.

Not every consonant is represented in the c+le syllable type.  The consonants that can join with the final -le include: -ble, -cle, -dle, -fle, -gle, -kle, -ple, -tle, -stle, and -zle.  You may find this word list helpful for teaching the c+le rule. It’s always nice to have a word list on hand when teaching syllable rules and practicing spelling of words to dictation.


To download this FREE c+le word list just click the following link: Consonant + le Word List

One of my favorite resources for teaching and practicing the consonant + le syllable pattern is the file folder phonics activity where students sort the words based on the vowel sound and spelling pattern of doubling the consonant.


The Consonant + le File folder Activity can be purchased separately as one file folder activity. It’s also available in the File Folder Phonics Bundle.


For our sports-minded students, the It’s a Goal! Consonant + le and the Swish! Consonant + le activities offer multiple practice opportunities for reading words containing this syllable pattern.



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St. Patrick’s Day Bracelet

My artist, Kyle, is so creative and crafty and she has absolutely the most adorable children.  I asked Kyle to share her talents and create super fun and easy craft ideas that can be used either at home or at school.  So, here’s Kyle’s first project feature on the Make, Take & Teach blog:

We used this quick bracelet for fine motor and basic math practice. Counting, pattern practice, and colors were emphasized while making these.

Here’s what you’ll need: chenille stems, pony beads, charms (I used a heavy foil table confetti*)

*if you chose confetti push pin or small hole punch

Start by picking a pattern, make a few examples or let the child create their own.

Twist the ends together when you have the correct size. Tuck one side into the beads and leave a ‘tail’ out to hang the charm from (see *a above).

Poke or punch a hole in the clover & thread the stem through. Simply fold back the stem, twist and secure the charm.

Wear it on St. Patrick’s Day!

These can be used to practice simple colors, patterns, counting and fine motor depending on the age of the student crafter.

Have fun!



Easter Egg Activities for Rhyme, Beginning Sounds and Vocabulary


I absolutely love these Easter eggs that Kyle created.  They are so colorful and make for fun and interactive center activities during spring.  I created three different activities for my preschool and kindergarten friends just for learning and practicing the early literacy skills of beginning sounds, rhyme and vocabulary.

When you download the Easter Egg Alphabet activity you’ll receive 26 eggs with upper-, lowercase letters and a picture with the beginning sound of the letter.  Just for the sake of organizing the pieces, a label for the activity is also included.


 The Easter Egg Alphabet Activity can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The Easter Egg Rhyme activity is one of my all-time favorite activities for practicing the skill of rhyme. Understanding that words are made up of separate speech sounds that can be changed to create new words is one of the key foundational skills for developing readers.  Rhyming activities are perfect for helping students appreciate the sounds in words.  When you download this activity you will receive 25 rhyming Easter eggs.


 The Make, Take & Teach Easter Egg Rhyme activity can also be found in my TpT online store.

Helping students understand similarities and differences between items is important in developing vocabulary.  When you download the Easter Egg Similarities activity you will receive 24 eggs with pictures containing words with similar characteristics. Be sure to have your students explain why the items are similar.


 You can find the Easter Egg Similarities activity in my TpT store.

Hope you enjoy these Easter themed activities!


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St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Activity for Beginning Sounds


It’s always so much fun to add a holiday twist into center and small group activities.  The Pot O’ Gold activities have been a hit during the first few weeks of March.  When you download this activity you will receive 25 letters of the alphabet (omitting “x”) printed on golden pots and over 100 colorful beginning sound pictures printed on coins.  This activity is easily differentiated as you can choose which and how many coins to use.


 The Pot O’ Gold Activities for Beginning Sounds can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This activity is also available for Word Families, Short Vowels, Consonant Digraphs, and R-Controlled Vowels.


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St. Patrick’s Day FREEBIE!


Be sure to jump on over to my TpT store to download this St. Patrick’s Day freebie for learning and practicing sight words.  When you download this file you’ll receive 6 game boards with words from the first 6 lists of the Dolch sight words.  The game boards are great for centers or even send them home for added practice.


 The St. Patrick’s Day Sight Word Game Boards can be downloaded from my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.



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Fun Little St. Patrick’s Day Activity for Practicing Digraphs

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St. Patrick’s Day is soon approaching!  My goodness, this school year is flying by.  It’s kind of fun how we measure our school year by the coming and goings of the holidays.  So far this year we’ve had 9 snow days!  Can you believe it?  9!  It seems like we’ve been hit with a deep freeze this year.  It’s not often that you read -29 degrees on your car thermometer.  That’s not even counting the wind chill.   When you live in the great white north you never know what can happen.  With winter not even over, we may have to go well into summer.   Anyway, here’s a little digraph activity I whipped up on one snow day morning.

What you’ll need to do is copy the pdf below, cut out the shamrocks and hot glue them on the ends of a large craft stick.  Be sure to make a set for each student in your group.  For those students just learning digraphs, you’ll want to begin with sounds only.  So, say the sound of one of the digrpahs (e.g. /sh/) and have the students hold up the correct stick.  You can differentiate the activity by choosing the number of digraphs you use within the group.

Shamrock Digraphs

Click the following link to download this free printable Shamrock Digraphs

If the students are doing pretty well with the sounds only, add a little more difficulty by providing a word and having the students hold up the correct stick.  Here’s a word list for consonant digraphs that you can use.  I have a hard time thinking of those words on the spot.

Common Consonant Digraph Word List

Click the following link to download this free consonant digraph word list. Common Consonant Digraph Word List

On another one of those snow days, I made a digraph sorting activity activity.  Sorting activities are very helpful when introducing a skill or for use when students are having a difficult time hearing the differences between sounds.  When you download this activity, you’ll receive 40 colorful coins with pictures of digraphs.

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Click HERE to download this activity from my TpT store.

I have to say that the unexpected snow day is always a treat.  But to have 9! Holy Cow!  It’s getting difficult to get back in a routine.  So, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but….let’s hope for at least a few solid weeks of school in the upcoming months.


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Flipping Eggs – Fun Hands-on Activities for Learning Sight Words

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Learning and practicing sight words can be super fun when you integrate hands-on activities.  The Flipping Eggs activity is easy to assemble- simply print the eggs, laminate and then cut out each egg.  You’ll have an activity that will last for years!  Just for fun, the Flipping Eggs activity is also available with green colored eggs.

The Flipping Eggs activity for the Dolch Sight Words contains the Dolch 220 sight words printed on the eggs.


The Flipping Eggs Dolch Sight Words activity is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

When you download the activity for the Fry Sight Words you’ll receive the first 225 words printed on the eggs.


The Flipping Eggs Fry Sight Words activity is also available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

If you’d like to check out the green eggs, just click the following links:  Flipping Green Eggs- Dolch 220 Sight Words  Flipping Green Eggs- Fry Sight Words.


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Teachers Pay Teachers Site Wide Sale


It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here!  It’s the Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale.  In honor of our hard work and dedication, TpT is having a sale on February 25th.  It’s a great time to stock up on those activities for your literacy centers and small group instruction.  Of course, you get the best bang-for-your-buck when you purchase the bundled activities.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The File Folder Phonics Bundle and the Even More! File Folder Phonics Bundle contains hands-on activities for teaching targeted phonics skills.  These bundles include the templates for making your own file folder activities.  Just laminate the file folders and they can be used over and over again!  Love that!


Just for my Pre-K and kindergarten friends, I created the File Folder Phonics for the Alphabet.  This bundle offers 4 activities for learning and practicing letters and sounds.


The file folder alphabet series was so popular that I was asked to create activities for sight words.  This bundle includes four activities for practicing sight words- two word building activities, a writing activity and a reading the word in context activity.  The File Folder Activities for Sight Words (Dolch words 1-50) and the File Folder Activities for Sight Words (Dolch words 51-100) can be found in my TpT store.


The Write-It Phonics Cards are great for either small group instruction or for independent centers.  I love this activity as students now need to transfer the phonics skill into writing.  Simply print the cards, laminate and bind together with a loose leaf ring.  You’ll have these cards for years and years.  There are card sets from beginning sounds to vowel teams!


The Write-It Phonics Cards Bundle is available in my online TpT store.

Hope you enjoy the sale!



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