*Always at the end of a word
*Always 3 letters (unless a suffix is added to the word)
*Always ends in the letters L, E
– -cle stands for Consonant, the letter L, and the letter E. This is the Consonant L E Syllable, usually shortened to -cle. The dash indicates that there are letters in front of these letters. No word can begin with this syllable, it always comes at the end of words. (Though there can always be an ending after the -cle like in tables.)
Teaching Videos and Written Stories
- The story for -cle: The e at the end of the word sees its vowel friend being closed in by a consonant, but is too late! There are already two consonants between the e and its vowel friend. The e decides to jump over the L to get closer to its vowel friend so it can help its friend say its name. Unfortunately, the e did not consider how top heavy it is, and when it made the leap, it went head first and landed as a schwa. Thus the -cle syllable is a schwa sound. (-cle says /kŭl/, -zle says /zŭl/)
PowerPoints and Google Slides
For the formatting of PowerPoints to be correct, click FILE, then DOWNLOAD, and download in Microsoft PowerPoint.
- PowerPoint: -cle Syllable from Teaching Video
- PowerPoint: Practice Reading -cle Words in Chunks
- PowerPoint: All Syllable Types with Practice (Directions in notes section on each slide) Use only slides that are relevant to where you are in the steps.
Can use anytime after Step 8: PowerPoint Game: Syllable Jeopardy!
Teach Along the Way with -cle
TEACH ALONG THE WAY ●●●
Breaking up words – keep the cle together! This is a great syllable because you always know where the syllable break is! However, this syllable does not work for our “Spot and Dot” method for breaking up syllables. Watch for -cle syllables at the end of words when breaking up words!
Go to Step 10: Huge Words and use PowerPoint to play Jeopardy!
-cle is it is clear where to break a -cle word into syllables, since the break always comes before the consonant. For example ta/ble (open syllable, -cle), ap/ple (closed syllable, -cle) and spar/kle (bossy r, -cle) . This is a good time to practice breaking words up and noticing what kind of syllable came before the -cle.
Map Sounds to Letters
Map the sounds in the word to the letter(s) representing the sounds, even if it is not a letter combination that has been taught yet. Only an unusual sound/letter combination needs to be remembered “by heart.” Mapping the sounds to the letters is how we remember what words look like. See example below:
Be sure to reinforce what you know and are learning about words, for example:
Schwa Sound: Any vowel might say /ŭ/. Point out that this happens in many common words like: the, of, was, some, from…
Key and Directions for Materials
Bundle: Multiple types of materials (games, activities, stories…) bundled together.
Pack: Multiple pieces of the same type of material, for example a pack of books.
Directions for everything else:
More on the Directions Page
- Highlighting Lists
- Working with Flashcards
- Flashing Words with flashcards
- Games with Picture Cards
- Games with Words/Phrases on Game Board
- Game I Have, Who Has
- Game Bang!
- Game Bingo
- Spelling help found on the Spelling Page in the Teach Along The Way section
- Small Book 8 page Assembly Directions
- Small Book 4 page Folding Directions
- Syllable Sort Directions
Sample Bundle contains samples of the stories, games, lists, flashcards, fluency pyramids, activities, spelling and more you will find in the practice section below.