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Syllable Types

Closed Syllables  

A closed syllable has only one vowel and the one vowel is followed by at least one consonant.  Basically the consonant or consonants are closing the vowel in.  The vowel in a closed syllable says its short sound.

Examples: red, bill, flash, up, pond


Open Syllables  

An open syllable has only one vowel which isn't followed by anything.  The vowel is open to run away.  The vowel in an open syllable says its long vowel sound or its name.

Examples: no, he, a, I, shy


Silent / Magic "e" Syllable   

A silent / magic "e" syllable has a vowel/consonant/e pattern.  The vowel in a silent / magic "e" syllable says its long sound or its name.

Examples: phone, ride, mule, snake, scene


Vowel Team Syllable   

There are two types of vowel team syllables, whiners and talkers.

Talkers are two vowels in a syllable that work together.  Vowel team talkers say their long sound or its name. (ee, ea, oa, oe, ai, ay, ie, ect.)

Examples: team, meet, coat, toe, fail, day, tie

Whiners are two vowels in a syllable that work together.  Vowel team whiners make a new whiny sound. (ou, ow, au, aw, oo, ue, oi, oy)

Examples: out, owl, maul, claw, pool, clue, coin, boy