Activity Plan 5-6: Rhyming Every Day!
Watch children fall in love with language as they play with rhymes
- Grades: PreK–K
- books of nursery rhymes
- 3" x 5" tagboard cards
- laminating toots or clear contact paper
- marker, crayons
- chart paper
- recognizing rhyming words
- creating rhyming words
- auditory memory
Select a few familiar nursery rhymes such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Humpty Dumpty," or "Hickory, Dickory, Dock", Read the rhymes and memorize them.
Chant a familiar nursery rhyme with a small group of children. Repeat the rhyme again, using finger and hand motions as you can. After reciting the rhyme several times, pause and invite children to fill in the second word for each rhyming pair. Explain to the children that rhyming words have different sounds at the beginning but the rest of the word sounds the same.
Play with rhymes. Say pairs of words, one pair at a time, and ask children to repeat them if they rhyme. Say dog/hog, stumble/splash, kitten/mitten, house/mouse, leap/chair, cat/bat. Continue to play until the children begin to make up their own pairs of words that rhyme.
Show children how they can make words that rhyme by starting with a word that offers easy rhyming opportunities such as on, and, at, and in. Start by saying at, then add c-at, b-at, f-at, and so on. Brainstorm a list of words that rhyme, writing them on chart paper. Also, create pairs of words that rhyme.
Write the words on the chart on 3" x 5" tagboard cards. Invite children to illustrate the words. Suggest they find a partner and make up silly sentences together to recite to the class.
The cat sat on the hat.
The ball fell from the wall.
The bat flew to the mat.
Remember: Given a spoken word, most 5-year-olds can say another word that rhymes with it. Not each child, however, will grasp the concept at the same time. Some will easily come up with rhyming words. Others will not be able to recognize rhymes when they hear them.
Send home a copy of the rhymes, chants, and songs you've been reciting at school and ask parents to recite these with their children. Suggest that parents read other rhymes with their children and encourage their children to draw pictures to go with the rhymes. Ask parents to teach their children a favorite rhyme they learned when they were children. These rhymes can be shared in the classroom.
Curriculum Connection: MUSIC
Select songs to sing that have strong rhymes. Some examples are "Down by the Bay," "The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," and "Five Little Monkeys."