Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rhyming Activities

Do you have kids that struggle with rhyming words . . . if so, then welcome to the club.  For some reason the kids in our low intervention group are having a more difficult time this year with the concept of rhyming than ever before.  So, we’ve been trying EVERYTHING under the sun to help them.

One of the greatest {and easiest} resources that we have found is a game called Chipper Chat from Super Duper Publications.  With the help of a para we have been able to quickly assess each child to decide if they are struggling with the discrimination of rhyming words or producing rhyming words.  Then we have divided students up into small groups to get support in the specific areas where they are struggling.  As a bonus . . . the kids absolutely LOVE playing the game.

If you haven’t seen this resource head on over to their website and check it out.  It’s a little pricey, but worth every cent!!!  It’s a resource you will use for years with your beginning readers.

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We’ve also been playing a goofy little whole group game that we made up.  We call it “Beat the Teacher”.  The idea of the game is to have the class work together to try to produce more rhyming words than the teacher. 

Begin by giving each student a copy of the record sheet.  Then have each student record the key word in the box.  We usually pick a word that follows the phonics pattern we are working on for the week.

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click {here} to download a copy of the record sheet

Then set a timer for 2 minutes and have the students record as many {real} rhyming words as they can.  Remind them to use their blends and digraphs.  While they are making a list of words you have to, too!!!

When the timer goes off have every student put away their pencils and get out a highlighter or pen.  Then have them share words they made.  We usually make a big list of them on the board.  If their word is on your list you both have to cross it off.  If they have any words that aren’t on your list they get to circle the word and vice versa.  All it takes is one kid coming up with one word you didn’t.  It’s actually harder than it seems.

Once you’ve played the game a few times and the kids are comfortable with it you could even invite a special visitor in to play.  Last year we played “Beat the Principal” and boy was it fun!!!

One more idea that we just came up with goes along with the book rhyming dust bunnies by Jan Thomas.  After two FULL weeks of rhyming word practice and games we thought we could wrap up our unit with a writing activity. 

 

It’s a silly little book that our kids can work on after we read the story.  On each page they will have to think of 4 {real} rhyming words to match each key word.  This will be a good indicator of who needs additional support . . . still!!!imageclick {here} to download a copy of this little book

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13 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! These are great!!
    Jennifer A.

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  2. thank you for sharing!! I'm going ot see if I can find a cheap version of the chipper chat! :)
    theteacherscauldron.blogspot.com

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  3. If you find a cheaper set let us know.

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