One of the first ways emergent readers become aware of phonemes in spoken words is through rhymes. Nursery rhymes and rhyming books allow children to play with language and thus begin to pay more attention to the sounds the words are making. This is a good way to get students interested and engaged in reading.
Materials: Jesse Bear What Will You Wear? By Nancy White Carlstrom (Westing House), a list of rhyming and non-rhyming questions for the rhyme time game, picture page with four rows: Row 1: pig, wig, car, rat; Row 2: house, apple, banana, mouse; Row 3: moon, cow, spoon, saw; Row 4: star, sun, hat, cat. Paper and pencil for each child, chart paper and marker. Sample Questions:
Will a dog chase a frog?
Is the Queen fifteen? Will Dot pet the cat?
Will a clown frown? Will a bee land in a bush?
Will Jake bake a cake? Will Kate clean her plate?
Will a pig wear a hat? Will Sam feed the hamster?
Procedures: 1. Introduce the lesson with the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill." Ask the students if they notice anything about the way the words sound. Today we are going to be looking at rhyming words. We will read them, listen for them, and then create some of our own.
6. For assessment
distribute the picture page and help students name each picture. Ask each student to put an X on the pictures
that rhyme in each row.
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Eldredge, J. Lloyd. Teaching Decoding in Holistic Classrooms. Prentice Hall, 1995. pg.56-58.