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Zoo Syllable Sort

Are you looking for fun, hands-on zoo literacy activities for your beginning readers? Look no further than the Zoo Syllable Sort!

This free printable resource will help your children learn how to break words down into syllables and recognize patterns in word structure.

Beginning Reading Activity

What are syllables? They are the building blocks of language.

A syllable is made up of an unbroken sound that usually has at least one vowel and accompanying consonants called “beats”.

Using engaging activities like this one will help your beginning readers as they learn how to identify the number of syllables in words.

Getting Ready to Use the Zoo Syllable Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 3 Zoo Syllable Sorting Mats
  • 18 Zoo Animal Cards

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Scissors

To get this activity ready for your kids to use, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Next, download and print the printables on white card stock. Then, cut the mats and cards apart.

Syllable Activity

There are six animal cards for each one of the three zoo syllable cards.

How to Use the Zoo Syllable Sorting Activity:

For this activity, your beginning readers will select a zoo mat and identify the number on it.

Next, they will sort through the animal cards and find the ones with that number of syllables.

If your kids have the 1 syllable zoo mat, for example, they will pick the bear, fish, fox, sloth, snake, and yak cards.

Syllable Sort

The animal cards that go in the 2 syllables zoo mat are monkey, dolphin, eagle, giraffe, lion, and zebra.

Your children will put the elephant, flamingo, kangaroo, gorilla, iguana, and koala on the 3 syllable zoo mat.

Reading Activities

They will continue sorting through all the animal cards until they have put all the animals in the correct syllable zoo.

Zoo Syllable Activity

This fun Zoo Syllable Sort is a hands-on way for your beginning readers to practice identifying the number of syllables in words.

More Zoo Literacy Activities:

Whether you are planning a field trip to the zoo or doing a unit on animals, here are some must-have books and resources!

Zoo Books for Kids:

Before doing these activities with your children, learn more about zoos and animals with these fiction and non-fiction books.

View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom  

Life at the Zoo by Michael George

What Do You Do If You Work At The Zoo? by Steve Jenkins

Zoo Activities for Kids:

If you are looking for more zoo-themed literacy activities for your unit, try these engaging and entertaining resources.

Zoo Color By Letter Worksheets

Dear Zoo Printable Activities from Homeschool Preschool

Zoo Animal Letter Recognition Activity

Zoo Name Worksheets from Books and Giggles

Zoo Animals Cut & Paste Book

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Download the Zoo Syllable Sort Printables:

To get the printables for this zoo syllable activity, fill out the form below with your name and email address.

Morelli Marlo

Thursday 16th of February 2023

Awesome activity!

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