In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about rhyming. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Rhyming Words topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Rhyming Words
Together as a class, brainstorm different nursery rhymes. Invite students to sing or say the rhymes or write them on the board or in their notebooks. Help students find rhyming words and discuss if they are in the same word family. Then have students make up their own rhymes. You may want students to work together in small groups or pairs to create a rhyme and find rhyming words. Encourage students to use rhyming dictionaries from the library or on the Internet.
Create a rap together about school. Brainstorm different ideas to put into the rap and write the first line together. Then have each student write a line of the rap. You can set the rap to music or have students bang on drums to create a beat. You may wish to perform the rap in front of family and friends during an open house or back-to-school night.
Have students sit in a big circle and bring in a ball. Say a word and roll the ball to a student to say a rhyming word. Then have that student come up with another word and roll the ball to a different person. Make sure every student gets an opportunity to say a rhyming word.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Rhyming Words
Together with your child, walk around your home and find an object, such as a hat. Then have your child find another object in the house that rhymes with hat. If your child cannot find an object, he or she can say, draw, or write a rhyming word. Remember to switch roles with your child.
Many children’s songs use rhymes. Sing different songs with your child and identify and discuss the rhyming words. Then come up with your own rhyming song, using a tune of a favorite song. If possible, record you and your child singing the new song!
Have your child find ads that use rhymes. Encourage him or her to look in magazines, newspapers, or even billboards. If possible, have your child take pictures of ads they see on the street. Discuss each rhyme and talk about what words rhyme and their word families. How do rhymes make things easy to remember? Why might ads use rhymes? Then have your child make his or her own ads using rhymes. You may want to give the ads a public service or public health focus such as caring for the environment, reading more, or getting exercise. Post the ads around the home or neighborhood.