I am now teaching grade one and have come to realize the importance that phonological awareness plays in relation to children being able to read. The students who are unable to identify rhyming matching words are the ones struggling with learning to read. As a result, my focus for the month of January is to have these students exposed to more rhyming read alouds.
What Is Phonological Awareness?
I have posted the video below previously but this is for the benefit of the readers that have not seen it. It does a terrific job of explaining phonemic and phonological awareness.
Focus on Rhyming Activities
The Read Aloud
For every theme I did, I always tried to ensure that my read alouds included a rhyming book. If you using the “Alphabet Program” the theme for January is “Ocean”. I have listed some “Ocean” read alouds that make use of rhyme. Having our learners listen to rhyme and word play is one of the best methods of exposing them to phonological awareness activities such as rhyming.
1. Gizmo the Octopus by Mark Hooper
2. Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck ***
3. Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
4. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
5. Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
6. The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Spin-A-Rhyme Board Game
I also included phonological awareness activities in my literacy centers. The game displayed above is one my students really enjoyed. Partner players take a turn spinning a top and must place a bingo chip on the rhyming picture match. (Example: the top landed on a picture of a rake and a bingo chip was placed on the picture of a snake).
Rhyming Matching Board Game
This is another game I had at my literacy centers. I copied and placed the rhyming pictures on poster board marked off with a grid. The students drew a card and placed the picture beside the rhyming match. (example: clown and crown, ball and doll).
Each day we print on our erasable whiteboards. I introduce a word family and have the students only change the initial letter. They learn that this not only changes what the word says but also that all the words rhyme (examples: cat, bat, mat, sat, etc.)
This mini-unit is not offered as an individual purchase but is only available to members that purchase a membership. For the month of January only, I have decided to offer this as a single purchase (if you are an existing member, you will already be able to access this under the heading Literacy Centers).
Each blog post I l also try to include some fabulous freebies. In the link below you will also find some free rhyming resources.