rhyming to read fluently

My second video is here! Rhyming can be a tricky skill to learn, but this activity is great for helping to build that skill. By seeing how to make rhymes using parts of a word, it is easier to conceptualize rhyming.

This rhyming activity helps us see:
the part that changes (the first sound*)
where it can come from (the alphabet)
the part that doesn’t change (the rhyme**)

I love this activity for beginning or struggling readers. They develop fluency as they practice recognizing a part of a word they know in a new word. Fluency can sometimes slip to a back burner, but I find it helps support reading comprehension.

You can use letter magnets, letter stamps, or any other letters at home. I can’t wait to hear how it works for you! Questions?

Activity Tips:
Pick a starting word that has lots of potential rhyming words.
Help identify the rhyme, simply saying it if needed.
Allow freedom to pick any letter to try, extra sounding out practice is great!
Model sounding out using the rhyme and sound it out together until it’s easy.
Vary the vowel sound in the rhyme when repeating this activity.
Keep it short and sweet!

Too easy or hard?
Make it easier by only giving a few mostly correct letter options to pick from
Make it more challenging by using a vowel pair rhyme like “ee” in “sheep” or “oa” in “boat”

*If you are feeling fancy you could call this first sound or cluster of sounds before the vowel the onset.
**If we want to be technical this is called a rime. If words have the same rime, then they will rhyme.

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