This hands-on word work clip cards activity has a fun spring ladybug theme. Students will count the number of dots on the ladybug, and then choose the word that has that number of syllables. They clip a clothespin to the correct answer, then write that word on the recording sheet.
*These pair perfectly with our 1st grade math and literacy clip card sets!
I have a thing for ladybugs. I can’t explain it – they’re just so cute! I’m always glad when spring rolls around again, and it’s ladybug time again. My twins are much more wary of insects than I am, but they seem to have taken the cue that ladybugs are special.
Ladybug Syllable Counting Clip Cards
They were definitely excited to get their hands on these ladybug syllable counting clip cards. Isabella went through all of them a second time, just to have an excuse to clip them again! I had the girls read each word aloud, and they counted syllables on their fingers.
My girls have pretty good word analysis skills, but are still using invented spelling most of the time. I’m okay with that for now (they’re in first grade), but I know that paying attention to chunking words can help their spelling skills in the long run.
Chunking longer sight words into syllables can also help with reading accuracy. When students attend to all the parts of a word, they start to notice its phonetic pattern. Because of this, they make fewer “guessing” type mistakes.
Students can work in partners to solve these ladybug clip cards. They can read the words aloud to each other, and make sure they agree on the number of syllables. Then, they can take turns clipping the correct answer. Once they’re done, they can each write on their own recording sheet.
There are 16 cards, with 4 words each. To get enough multi-syllabic words, I used a mixture of first and second grade sight words. If you’re using these in a first grade classroom, you could partner low and high readers together for this activity.
I hope this is an engaging activity for your kiddos. The hands-on aspect is sure to make syllable counting more fun. Plus, how could you go wrong with ladybugs?!
Grab Your Copy
Ready to practice syllables? Grab your copy of the ladybug clip cards by clicking the blue button at the end of the post. Then, hop on over and try these compound word puzzles!