Recognizing rhyming words is a basic level of phonemic awareness. Reading rhyming books teaches early literacy skills like phonemic awareness and fluency development. Rhyming requires children to listen closely to sounds within words. Children who can recognize rhyme, learn that words are made up of separate parts.
Here are some of my favorite rhyming books to read aloud
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Jesse Bear, What Will you Wear?
- Silly Sally
- Sheep in a Jeep
- Rhyme Crime
- Giraffes Can’t Dance
- Good Night Moon
- Rhyming Dust Bunnies
- Alligators All Around
- Old Black Fly
- Piranhas don’t Eat Bananas
- Dinosaur Roar
WHAT TO DO WHEN READING A RHYMING BOOK
While reading a book with rhymes, be sure to pause and give your students a chance to chime in. The structure of the rhyming text will give students a clue as to what the word could be. When children are given the opportunity to play with rhymes, they are working on developing the ability to hear the similarities and differences in how words sound.
To extend the rhyming activities with your read-aloud book, choose the character’s name or something else significant from the story. Ask your students if they can give you a word that rhymes. For example, if reading Chicka Chick Boom Boom, can students produce a rhyme for the words boom or tree,
5 FAVORITE RHYMING SONGS
Make rhyming fun and musical. kids love to sing. Try some of these fun rhyming songs with your class. The first one is always a class favorite as it uses students’ names.
Jack Hartman’s Rocco the Rhyming Rhino
Down by the Bay
5 Green Speckled Frogs
Excercise rhyme and Freeze: Jack Hartman
CLASSROOM RESOURCES FOR TEACHING RHYMING
I like to extend the teaching of rhyming in my classroom to whole group, small group, and center activities. These are two of the resources I use with my own students to teach rhyming.
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