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HS Rhyming Time

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Interest Area Changes to Environment

Rhyming Bingo Rhyming Puzzle Match Up Rhyming Flash Cards Rhyming File Folder Game PVC Phone Rhyme Time Pocket Chart Rhyming Rings - Hook words that rhyme together on a metal ring. Include a picture with the word. Children flip through the picture cards and say them into a PVC phone. Example: bag, tag, rag, wag. Rhyming Books

Teaching Concepts for Large Group

1.  Start the lesson with a guessing game to introduce the concept of rhyming words. Tell the children to close their eyes and try to think of the animal that you’re describing. Give them several hints, ending with a word that the animal’s name rhymes with. For example, you might say, “I’m thinking of an animal with whiskers and a long tail. This animal likes to catch mice. Its name rhymes with the word ‘pat.’ Raise your hand if you know what the animal is.” Another example would be, “I’m thinking of an animal who sleeps through the long winter. This animal is very large, and sometimes it likes to eat honey. Its name rhymes with the word ‘hair.’ Raise your hand if you know what the animal is.” Encourage students to raise their hands and not call out, so that everyone can have time to think. After they guess an animal correctly, stress the rhyming word: “That’s right. ‘Cat’ rhymes with ‘pat.’ Cat…pat.” 2.  How do words sound the same? “Rhyming words sound the same. Let’s play a rhyming game!” Then stick one of the picture cards into the pink teacher box (e.g. sun). “I say sun, you say …” Students then take turns to say something that rhymes with the picture card. These can be real or nonsense words as the focus is on rhyme generation.

Teaching Concepts for Small Group

1. Erase a Rhyme - Draw a picture on a dry erase board, such as grass, sky, tree, flower, and sun. Say a word, such as tower, and have a child come up to erase what rhymes (flower); erase what rhymes with bee (tree); erase what rhymes with fun (sun). Continue until the whole picture is erased. 2. Rhyming Bingo 3.  Rhyming Flash Cards 4.  Rhyming Basket - Objects are placed in a basket (one object for each child present), and the basket is passed around the circle. As each child gets the basket, I say a word (such as “fizzers”) and they pull out the object that rhymes (“scissors”). You can use any objects, because it doesn’t matter if the rhyming words are real words or nonsense words.

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1.  Sing Me a Rhyme - If your children have a favorite song that contains rhyming words, such as “This Old Man” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” have them dictate the words of the song to you and record them on sentence strips. Sing the song with them, using a pointer to show them how to follow along. (Although they will probably not be reading yet, this exercise will build pre-reading skills as well.) Have them raise their hands when they hear a pair of rhyming words, and circle the words as you go. When you finish singing, read through the circled words to hear how they rhyme. 2.  Read a poem or sing a song with rhymes. Children can clap or stand when they hear  a rhyming word.

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. A Good Bye Song - Chop cop lollipop Get in line porcupine In awhile crocodile Give a kiss goldfish Stay funky little monkey Good luck mr duck To your house little mouse Take care polar bear Be sweet parakeet Toodle loo kangaroo Hit the road little toad Get the hint peppermint Shake shake little snake See you later alligator Hasta mañana iguana Bye bye butterfly Give a hug ladybug Out the door dinosaur!

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Rhyming Pictures Snow Ball Fight - All the students get into a circle. Teachers throw the snowballs into the air. The students each get to pick up one snowball and try to find their rhyming partner. Then they lock arms together until everyone has found a partner that rhymes.

CLASS Concepts

When children are already familiar with a rhyming story, hesitate before saying the rhyming word and see if the children can say it before you. This way, they’re using both their memory and their rhyming ability to find the word. A more advanced version of this is to ask them to find a potential rhyming word the first time you read a book. (Example: You read aloud, “He went to the giant red door, but he slipped and fell down on the ______” and the children find the word “floor”


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


Practice phonics skills with these read-along stories.


Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars.


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4. Show and Tell

Tie it to a learning objective. Ex: Bring something that rhymes with pig. Bring something that rhymes with their name. Bring something that rhymes with red. Bring something that rhymes with fan. Etc....



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