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Verbal Rhyming Skills

Context for this Lesson


Topic: Verbal Rhyming Skills

Purpose: To identify rhymes aurally and to create our own rhymes


Butcher paper and markers/chalkboard and chalk

Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Magic bag with objects: ball, book, flower, sock, key, hat, spoon


"Today we are going to talk about rhyming. Does anyone know what rhyming means? Do we know any words that rhyme? Rhyming words belong to the same "word family.” Like many people in our family have the same last name so do rhyming words. Their last name might be "at" so c-at and b-at, etc. all belong to the same word family. They could also have a last name that sounds the same, but is spelled different like key and pea. What last name do those words share? Write these examples on the board."



"I am going to read you a story and I want you to listen very carefully. What do we see on the cover? What animal is that? Where do fish live? Let’s listen to our story." Read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by D. Seuss up until p. 9.
Describe: What happened in this story? What animals did we see?
Analyze: What different kinds of fish did we see?
Read the story again one page at a time and ask the students to close their eyes. Ask them to listen for words in the same rhyming family.
Relate: (After reading each page through) What rhyming words did we hear? Write them on the board as you go.
In their seats have students act out (pantomime) the rhyming words, such as Star-Car, Sad-Glad-Bad, Fat-Hat. Ask the students if they can think of any other words within those rhyming families and add them to the list, act them out if time allows.
Transition: "You are great rhymers! I have a magic bag here with some different objects in it. I want you to listen very carefully to the clues I give you and see if you can guess what the object is."
Hold the bag and take out one clue at a time. Read each clue and then let students guess what the object might be. Pull out object and show them once they have guessed it.
Ball: This object rhymes with the word tall. It is fun to play with on the playground and it rolls and bounces. It rhymes with tall.
Book: This object rhymes with the word look. It is made of paper and we like to read them. There are lots of them at the library. It rhymes with look.
Socks: This object rhymes with the word fox. It is something we wear on our feet under our shoes. It rhymes with fox.
Flower: This object rhymes with power. It grows in the earth and grows with sunshine and water. It smells really nice. It rhymes with power.
Pull additional objects out of the bag and ask students make up rhyming words for each object. (Objects: egg, key, hat, spoon, etc.)

Describe: What did we talk about today? What different ways did we look at rhyme?

Analyze: What does ‘rhyme’ mean? Review definition.

Relate: What is an example of rhyming words?