Rounding up the Rhymes is a fun activity I do with my class to reinforce the idea that spelling pattern and rhyme are often connected. (This is also a "Using Words You Know" Activity.)
- First read a book containing lots of rhyming words. I often use this as a Read Aloud the day before. Here, Miss Crabb is reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
- Second, reread the book. As you read, let students chime in on the rhyming words. Make a chart of the rhyming words. (Stop after about 15 rhyming pairs.)
- Next, underline the rime in the words and X out the words that do not contain the same spelling pattern. The rhyming pairs left are the words you will use for the spelling and reading activities.
- Reading Activity: Use these rhyming pairs to read other words. Write a word that rhymes and has the same spelling pattern as one of the rounded up pairs. Ask a child to put it with the words that have the same rime. THEN, read all three words together.
- Spelling Activity: Use these rhyming pairs to help students read other words. Call out a word that rhymes and has the same spelling pattern as one of the rounded up pairs. Ask a child where it would go on the chart based on the way it sounds. Then, have all students try to write it on their white board.
Student spelling far using star and car as a model.