- index cards
- pocket chart
- chart paper
- several books with rhyming text
Objective: Children will create a rhyming word wall to develop language and literacy skills including phonological awareness.
1 On the top of a sheet of chart paper write the question, "What do we know about rhymes?" Read the question to the class and record their responses. Invite them to share rhymes that they know or name favorite books that have rhyming text.
2 Follow the discussion with a read-aloud rhyming book. Read the book twice, the second time asking children to identify the rhyming words on each page. Write the rhyming words onto index cards and group them together on the floor or in a pocket chart.
3 Invite the class to assemble the rhyming word cards in a designated area of the classroom where they can make a rhyming word wall. Review the sets of rhyming words with the class. Invite them to think of other words that rhyme and add those to the rhyming word wall.
4 Encourage children to identify more rhyming words when reading bio rhyming books, poetry and nursery rhymes singing sons, or reciting chants. Encourage them to add words that they may hear in everyday conversations, books, or at home.
5 Play a name rhyming activity. Print each child's name on an index card and place it on the rhyming word wall. Encourage children to think of words that rhyme with each name. Print the words on index cards. Ask children to arrange them on the wall under the appropriate names.
Curriculum Connection: CREATIVE THINKING
Rhyming Illustration. Provide the class with a variety of art materials. Ask children to choose two words that rhyme and to create a picture to illustrate their words, such as "mice skating on ice" or "a bear with blue hair." Offer assistance if needed.