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Overview of Open Syllables

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Overview of Open Syllables
Video Demonstration

The estimated time to complete this resource is 15 minutes.

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Open syllables contain just one vowel. The vowel is “open” because it is not “closed” in by a consonant, and it makes its long sound.

An open syllable can be just one letter, like the u in unite, the consonant-vowel pattern (for example, no), or a consonant blend or digraph followed by a vowel (for example, pro or she). The vowel sound in an open syllable may also be spelled with the letter y, as in lady or fly.

Although these words are short and might seem easy, it’s important to teach them to students, because later they will need to combine open syllables with other syllables to read and spell many words.

Six Syllable Types

Video Demonstration