I have noticed that children are arriving in our classrooms with limited exposure to the concept of rhyme. Exposure to nursery rhymes and rhyming books are becoming more limited in the home environment. This makes the literacy journey even more challenging for these learners. I have been spending a significant amount of time providing this exposure to my learners. Below you will find activities that I have been employing to assist them.
My Favorite Rhyming Books
These are a few of my favorite rhyming books. Allowing students to hear rhyme within literature selections is a significant step forward in developing the learner’s ability to distinguish rhyme.
1. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson – great to use with the Fall theme
2. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – great to use for Halloween
3. Sheep in a Jeep – by Nancy E. Shaw
4. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More – by Karen Beaumont
5. Silly Sally – by Audrey Wood
6. Llama Llama Red Pajama – by Anna Dewdney
7. Llama Llama Misses Mama – by Anna Dewdney
8. Rhyming Dust Bunnies – by Jan Thomas
9. Jamberry – by Bruce Degan
10. Giraffes Can’t Dance – by Giles Anderae
11. There’s a Bear on My Chair – by Ross Collins
I have been working with small groups to develop their ability to hear rhyming words. I dictate words that rhyme and those that don’t. The students must acknowledge if the words rhyme or not by telling me “yes” or “no”. I also dictate three words and the students must tell me which two rhyme. In the link below you will find some examples that I have used.
Spin-A-Rhyme Board Game
This is a game I play in a small group setting. I place a the spinner board in a paper plate and attach a spinner. We discuss the pictures first. Each student is given a small picture game card and bingo chips. Each player takes a turn to initiate the spinner. Each student decides which picture rhymes on their game card and places a bingo chip on the corresponding picture. This is done as a group initially. After, they play with partners.
Rhyming Matching Board Game
This is another game I play in a small group initially. 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.)
Rhyming Mini Unit – Special Deal Until End of November
This mini-unit is not offered as an individual purchase but is only available to members that purchase a membership. For the month of October and November, 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.