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Identifying and Generating Rhyming Words, The Ship is Loaded With...

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: K, 1
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 10 minutes
Materials: 1 soft ball or bean bag
Goal: Given a spoken word, the student can say another word that rhymes with it.
Items: 1 syllable words

What to do

  1. Have children sit in a circle. Today we are going to play a game and practice rhyming words.
  2. Let’s pretend we are going to sail across the ocean. What should we put in our ship? I will start. The ship is loaded with cheese!
  3. If I throw the ball to you, you must repeat my sentence. But instead of “the ship is loaded with cheese,” think of something else the ship is loaded with that rhymes with cheese.
  4. Does anybody have an idea that rhymes with cheese? Choose a student who has his hand raised and toss the ball to him. When that student catches the ball, he should say his sentence. Correct the sentence if necessary (i.e. The ship is loaded with peas).
  5. Continue calling on students individually. (Students love to be first to answer, so if you let the whole group respond, the student in need of the most practice will get the least.)
  6. Continue with the rhyme until students cannot think of anymore. Repeat with other words (i.e. dogs, cats, heads).
  7. Observe students play the game. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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