Rhyming is an important element in the foundation of phonics. Hearing and seeing word parts that rhyme is vital for building and learning words later on and to reading as well.
What are some popular children’s rhyming poetry books?
Rhyming can be taught in SO many ways (keep reading for a whole list!) but one of my favorite ways to start learning about rhyming is through books.
Short and funny books really get the student’s attention and can highlight rhyming words which eventually will become word families.
Most of these books have a silly context which make them all the more fun to read! Here are some of my absolute favorites which work from grades K-3 so there is something for everyone!
Dr. Seuss is perhaps the most iconic rhyming poet for children of ALL time!
His books are a classic part of childhood and are easy for beginning readers to pick out words and learn rhymes.
Nursery rhymes are another great element to bring into rhyming words because they are short!
Believe it or not, some kids are not exposed to these and reading them together is the only exposure they will get.
You can also bring in the history of their writing with older students!
Shel Silverstein is the classic poet with silly rhyming poems that kid’s love!
He has many books and they are great for beginning readers or to analyze as a class.
By FAR – the best kept secret for Rhyming – writing and otherwise is a Rhyming Dictionary. This helps when writing poems, thinking of rhyming words for activities and makes for a fun supplement to a writing center. Seriously….a SUPER used part of our library many times throughout the year!
How to make and teach rhyming words?
Here’s a start with rhyming! This Nursery Rhyme activity is great to fold, go, and learn!
Cookie Sheet Rhyming.…count me in! This activity is easy to assemble and use as a center.
Whack-a-Rhyme – this great idea for a game will help identify rhyming words and kids will have fun while they are at it.
ACK – word families, This fun game is easy for a folder and one students can play over again and again while working on rhyming words.
Word Family Activities – I love how there are pictures, opportunities for writing, circling and more…great addition to any early elementary classroom.
Budding Word family flowers – I love incorporating motion into this by actually building with rhyming words. These cute flowers are easy to build!
Flipbooks are great to work on cutting skills and practice rhyming words and word families as well.
This great Firefighter freebie focuses on rhyming words as well. Check it out!
Penguin rhyming with ice cubes and pictures – yes please.
Rhyming Cards – I love these to match up in pairs of students or as a fun memory game center!
I hope you got some great ideas to use right away. Check out my blog for more Kindergarten Literacy Ideas at SSSTeaching!