1. Overview

Produce the second of a pair of one-syllable rhyming words to insert in a song. This game introduces your child to the skill of coming up with a rhyming word on his own, without any contextual clues.

can you make a rhyming word
Bear and pear are rhyming words!”

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2. Activity

Video: How to play Can You Make a Rhyming Word?

Explain to the child that you have a song to sing that needs rhyming words to finish the lyrics. This song is sung to the tune of “London Bridge Is Falling Down” (click here for the tune). Sing the song for your child, and then ask her to sing with you, using the rhyming pair inserted in the lyrics below.

            Can you make two rhyming words,
            Rhyming words,
            Rhyming words?
            Can you make two rhyming words?
            They sound alike!

            Boat and goat are rhyming words,
            Rhyming words,
            Rhyming words.
            Boat and goat are rhyming words.
            They sound alike!

Then ask her to help you with the next verse:

Adult: Let’s start the next verse with rock.
            What’s a word that rhymes with rock?

Child: Sock!
Adult: Sock? Do you think that rhymes with rock?
            Let’s try them out in the song. Sing with me!
[singing] Rock and sock are rhyming words…

Do several more verses, with you providing the first word and the child completing the rhyme pair.

NOTE: It is perfectly okay if she comes up with a rhyming word that is not a real word (such as gat to rhyme with hat). Right now we are just focusing on the concept of rhyming and how rhyming words sound similar. Just mention that it’s not a real word, and move on:

Adult: Yes, that rhymes. Gat isn’t a real word, but it does rhyme with hat.
            Let’s put it in our song…

Here are some groups of one-syllable rhyming words that can be used for this activity. (There are many more besides these!)

  • boat, coat, goat, float, moat, vote, wrote
  • block, clock, dock, lock, knock, rock, sock, flock, smock
  • cab, dab, gab, jab, lab, scab, tab, crab, grab
  • date, bait, gate, late, mate, hate, eight, wait, plate
  • ham, yam, lamb, jam, ram, clam, slam, spam, swam
  • bake, cake, lake, make, rake, take, snake, wake, flake, break, steak
  • shoe, blue, boo, two, zoo, moo
  • duck, truck, buck, cluck, stuck, puck, yuck, pluck
  • bill, dill, fill, hill, will, pill, grill, drill, mill, skill, spill, still
  • big, dig, rig, fig, jig, pig, wig
  • seed, bead, weed, feed, lead, need, bleed, speed
  • ink, sink, wink, pink, think, drink, slink, stink
  • deer, ear, hear, fear, gear, near, year, clear, smear, cheer
  • gold, cold, hold, fold, bold, old, sold, mold, scold

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3. Confidence Builder

If your child has trouble coming up with a rhyming word, verbally make some suggestions that might make a rhyming word. Clearly enunciate and emphasize the rhyming parts of the words (e.g., lake, rock).

Adult: Let’s see, what’s a word that rhymes with rock?
            Lake…does lake rhyme with rock?

Child: Um…
Adult: Listen: lakelake. Rockrock.
            Do lake and rock sound the same at the end?

Child: No!
Adult: What about lock? Does lock rhyme with rock?
Child: Yes! It rhymes!
Adult: Yes, lock is a word that rhymes with rock.
            Let’s put them in our song!

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4. Extension

Have the child produce both words of a rhyming pair, and then you can both sing the song again with your child’s words inserted. Coming up with a rhyming pair from scratch is significantly more difficult than thinking of one word that rhymes with a provided word.

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5. Small Groups (2-5 children)

Lesson Objective: Children will be able to create pairs of rhyming words without visual or verbal context clues.

GELDS (Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards): CLL6.4b

Georgia Standards of Excellence: ELAGSEKRF2.a

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A

Adaptation: Read the main activity, watch the video, and follow the instructions above, with the following changes:

Tell the children that they will be whisper-singing rhymes (singing softly). Have them practice by saying “hello” to each other while whispering. Then follow the directions for singing the rhyming song. Encourage the children to try to come up with more than one rhyme for each word.

Reinforcement: Use new words from the word list above. Repeat the activity by changing the tune you sing. This pair of songs works well:

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” — The teacher provides the first rhyming word (e.g., rake) and points to a child to provide a second rhyming word (e.g., cake).
            Let’s try to make two rhyming words,
            Rhyming words,
            Rhyming words!
            Let’s try to make two rhyming words!
            Let’s try rake and cake.

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” — Once the child has helped you come up with a pair of rhyming words, put those words into this song.

            If rake rhymes with cake, clap your hands! [clap, clap]
            If rake rhymes with cake, clap your hands! [clap, clap]
            If rake rhymes with cake,
            If rake rhymes with cake,
            If rake rhymes with cake, clap your hands! [clap, clap]

If the two words do not rhyme, the children should not clap their hands.

Increase the difficulty by having the child who is called on give both words of the rhyming pair.

Use this Reinforcement at Home form to tell parents and guardians how they can reinforce lessons outside the classroom.

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