3rd Grade Reading : Phonics

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for 3rd Grade Reading

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Phonics

How many syllables make up the provided word?

Beautiful 

Possible Answers:

Four

Three

Five 

Two

Correct answer:

Three

Explanation:

A syllable is a unit of the spoken language that is made up of one sound. Usually, syllables are separated by how many times a vowel is heard separately.

When you say the word "beautiful" slowly, you should hear a "U" sound, an "I" sound and then another "U" sound. Even though there are five total vowels in the word "beautiful", the first "eau" all form together to make one vowel sound; thus, the word "beautiful" has three syllables. 

Example Question #2 : Phonics

How many syllables make up the provided word?

Pen

Possible Answers:

Four

Three

Two

One

Correct answer:

One

Explanation:

A syllable is a unit of the spoken language that is made up of one sound. Usually, syllables are separated by how many times a vowel is heard separately.

The word "pen" can be said in one sound, uninterrupted. Also, there is only one vowel sound; thus, the word "pen" only has one syllable. 

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