Poets aren’t the only ones who can rhyme! Rhyming is a fun and playful way to engage with language, but also happens to be one of the 5 phonological awareness skills that promotes reading and writing development.
Rhyming means that words have the same middle and end sounds. For example, cat rhymes with bat because they both end with the sounds /a/ /t/. The skill of rhyming has two components: identification and utility.
Rhyming Identification involves identifying words that rhyme:
cat-bat “Do they rhyme?”
ball-bat “Do they rhyme?”
Rhyming Utility involves generating a rhyme:
“What rhymes with cat?”
Rhyming lends itself well to a variety of different games. Here’s a kinesthetic game that’ll get kids up and moving.
Invite children to stand, and ask them to point to a body part that rhymes with the word you call out.
Here are some examples:
|Head||bed, dead, red, led, sled, fed, shed, sped, wed, shred|
|Hand||sand, land, strand, brand, band, grand, and|
|Knee||me, see, we, tree, free, tea, flea|
|Feet||meet, seat, beat, greet, sheet, heat, sleet, neat, wheat, treat|
Extend the activity by having students brainstorm words that rhyme with other body parts (elbow, toes, finger, etc.).
Rhyme your way to better phonological awareness skills using this activity, and for further information about phonological awareness skills and the programs we use to facilitate learning, visit www.ruthrumack.com. Also, keep track of our Alpha-Mania crowdfunding campaign running now until the end of June! This campaign will fund production and some free distribution of our Alpha Maniacs books, which enable parents and educators to practise phonological awareness skills with kids through entertaining stories. We hope to share these skills with children everywhere!