Rhyme Time

Lana Woods

Emergent  Literacy



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?                     Will Alice find the treasure?

                                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.


  1. When words rhyme they sound alike at the end such as: Jill and hill and down and crown.  Can any of you tell me some other words that rhyme?  Do the words hot and hit rhyme?  What about hot and top?


  1. Let's play a rhyming game.  As the questions are read instruct the students to give a thumbs up sign if the words rhyme and a thumbs down sign if they do not.  O.K.  Let's begin.(read the above questions in the materials list)


  1. Read the book Jesse Bear What Will You Wear?  Leave out some of the predictable rhyming words and see if the students can supply them.  Discuss the book and list rhyming words on the chart as the students point them out on each page.


  1. Pass out paper and pencils.  Have the students create their own rhyming question and illustrate it.  Share them with the class and then display them.


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.