Rhyming is a skill that comes easily to some students and less easily to others. The inability to hear or identify rhymes can be a sign of a learning disability, or it can simply indicate that a student needs more practice with making and identifying rhymes. A graphic organizer can help students identify and make rhymes. Students begin with one word. Beneath the first word, they write three or more words that rhyme with it. Seeing the rhyming words together will help students learn how rhymes work by allowing them to make connections between the spelling of the words and the sounds they make. If students are having trouble with this step, remind them that the words in a word family (words that begin with different letters but end with the same combination of letters) rhyme. Students can experiment with placing different letters at the start of the word to see if they can make a word they know. Once students have some rhyming words to work with, they can move to the last step in the graphic organizer. It allows students to choose two of the rhyming words to make their own two-line rhyme. Once they’ve done that, your students will be on their way to making their own rhyming poem!


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