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The next skill students can work on in phonological awareness is learning about rhyming. We want students to master the following rhyming skills. 

  • The ability to recognize rhyme: Does run rhyme with fun? (yes)
  • The ability to complete rhyme: The fox is in a _____. (box)
  • The ability to produce rhyme: What word or pretend word rhymes with test? (best)

These skills start out less complex and move into more complex. Rhyming activities are located in Interventions for All: Phonological Awareness on pages 56-73.

Here are a few more ideas: 
  • Slime a Rhyme:  Stick objects in “slime” in a bowl.  Have students pick out an object, name it and come up with a rhyming word.  As an alternative, have rhyming objects in the bowl.  Students have to find two objects that rhyme (car and star).  
  • I’m Going on a Picnic:  The teacher states: “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m taking peas.”  The next student says: “I’m going on a picnic.  I’m taking peas and fleas.”  Students continue to add to the picnic by creating rhyming words.  

Again, most of the activities incorporate literature in the activity. You could utilize that to your advantage when teaching a new phonetic concept. Implement that book as your connection to literature as well as a phonological awareness activity.