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Lesson Plan: Unfamiliar Multisyllabic Words

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 5

Lesson Objective: To read unfamiliar multisyllabic words in and out of context

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.5.3.A-  Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.




  • When you come to a word that you do not know when you are reading, what do you do?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • We all find words that we do not know when we are reading.  There are different ways that we can figure out a word that we do not know. 
  • You can sound the word out.  You are reading books that are harder and longer now and sounding out a word is not as easy as it used to be!
  • You should start by figuring out the syllable patterns.  You know that every syllable has a vowel sound.
  • The different syllable patterns are closed syllables and open syllables.
  • A closed syllable ends with a consonant and usually has a short vowel sound.  For example, plan-et.
  • An open syllable ends with a long vowel sound.  For example, pa-per.
  • In addition to the syllables in a word, you should think about the affixes.  An affix is added to the beginning or end of a root word to form different words.
  • For example, the root word scope can be changed to microscope or telescope by adding different affixes.
  • Now, you are going to be doing a worksheet so that you can practice reading difficult words.  You will read the paragraph.  There are words that are underlined in the paragraph, those are the difficult words.
  • After you have read the whole paragraph and tried the hard words, you are going to find a partner and take turns reading the list of words at the bottom of the worksheet to each other.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share how to read the words?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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