Syllables
In order to write certain types of poetry, you need to know how many syllables are in a word.

Syllables

Let's have some KS2 English fun with syllables! Syllables are like word beats that help us say words just right. When we write cool poems like haikus or sonnets, knowing syllables is a must. Imagine clapping your hands to say 'syllable' - three claps, three syllables!

Most words are easy with just one syllable, but some are like tongue twisters with 5 or more. Can you handle words with double-figure syllables? Give it a go - say the words out loud and ace this quiz!

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1.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Heavily
One
Two
Three
Four
Heav/i/ly = three syllables.
2.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Displaced
Two
Three
Four
Five
Dis/placed = two syllables.
3.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Excitedly
Two
Three
Four
Five
Ex/cit/ed/ly = four syllables.
4.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Avocado
One
Two
Three
Four
A/vo/ca/do = four syllables.
5.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Friendliness
Two
Three
Four
Five
Friend/li/ness = three syllables.
6.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Absolutely
Three
Four
Five
Six
Ab/so/lute/ly = four syllables.
7.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Strength
One
Two
Three
Four
Strength = one syllable.
8.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Pronunciation
Three
Four
Five
Six
Pro/nun/ci/a/tion = five syllables.
9.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Microorganism
Three
Four
Five
Six
Mi/cro/or/ga/nis/m = six syllables.
10.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious
Ten
Twelve
Fourteen
Sixteen
Su/per/cal/li/fra/gi/lis/tic/ex/pi/a/li/do/cious = 14 syllables! What a mouthful Mary Poppins' invented word is!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Syllables

Author:  Sheri Smith

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