This seasonal literacy resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils. The focus is on the ability of the pupil to be able to recognise and count the number of syllables in a Christmas-themed word. This pack has words with one, two or three syllables.
The pack contains 24 cards, four per A4 page. On the left hand side of each card is an elf holding a sign with a Christmas word. The pupil has to use a clothes peg to identify on the right hand side of the card how many syllables that word contains – one, two or three.
Cut up the sheets into 24 separate cards and laminate them individually. This pack could be an ideal activity for a literacy station in Station Teaching. A pack of 6 sets could be put together, one for each pupil in the group, to be completed at a literacy station.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but who is able to understand the concept of syllables in a word, therefore it is a way for them to demonstrate this understanding. It is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
We frequently gave activities such as this for homework to our SEN pupils. It gave them the sense that they had homework like everyone else and it also allowed the parents to see what language topic we were currently working on. It was also a fun activity to do during the month of December.
This activity could also be used as an independent task for the pupil to complete in their work station.