Two-Syllable Words


Two-Syllable Words introduces young students to decoding words with two syllables. While they may be familiar with multi-syllable words, this lesson focuses only on two-syllable words. Throughout the lesson, students will learn about the six common spelling patterns. Those patterns will assist them in pronouncing words that they do not recognize.

The activity, practice, and homework worksheets provide a lot of practice for students. Each assignment tests their comprehension of the material in different ways. In addition, there are suggestions for added learning that can be fun for the students. You will find these in the “Options for Lesson” section of the lesson plan.

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What our Two-Syllable Words lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Two-Syllable Words explains to 1st and 2nd grade students how to break words into syllables. It discusses using basic patterns to decode regularly spelled words. While students may be familiar with words of several syllables, this lesson focuses only on words with two. Specifically, it describes two-syllable words that use long vowels. By the end, students should be able to decode these words using the basic patterns they learned about.

Three content pages of instruction describe and explain two-syllable words. There are six common spelling patterns: closed, open, r-controlled, vowel team, vowel-silent e, and consonant –le. If students understand these six patterns, they will be able to decode words much more easily.

Your students will also learn that there are some words that don’t follow the patterns. You can explain that they will learn those words over time. And if they can’t pronounce certain words, suggest they use the six patterns. The patterns can help them figure out pronunciation. The lesson also suggests that students practice spelling the words as well.


Students will pair up for the activity. The worksheet has a table of 72 spaces with different syllables. The students will cut apart all the spaces. With their partners, they will try to match the syllables to make 36 words. For example, they will put “rab” and “bit” together to make rabbit. Then they will write all the words on a separate sheet of paper.


There are two parts to the practice worksheet. First, students will divide a list of 30 two-syllable words with a slash (/). The first word shows them how to do it: PREPARE becomes PRE/PARE. Second, there are six questions, one for each of the six common spelling patterns. Students will have to answer the question by marking which two words of four options are examples of that pattern.


Lastly, the homework assignment requires students to read a couple of fables with an adult or family member. As they read, students will circle all the two-syllable words they find in the stories. The adult can help them if they struggle with the assignment. As usual, you will find answer keys for the activity, practice, and homework worksheets at the end of the lesson.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.