Updated: Apr 19, 2022
Here are two more games that allow the student to practice rhyming words that are a step up from CVC. These words involve consonant blends at the beginning and end of the words
Practicing rhyming has a lot of benefits. In the pre-reading and early reading stages, rhymes help children to develop phonemic awareness - the ability to distinguish the unique phonemes of their language. Listening carefully to hear how "bat" and "bet" and "bit" DON'T rhyme can be challenging for children. Those who are learning English as an additional language also really benefit from practicing rhymes, as subtle differences between vowels can be extremely challenging to hear for those who have not been immersed in the language since birth. Subtleties between tricky sounds like /m/ and /n/ or /f/ and /th/ can also be practiced, helping the student to hear and see (watching the speakers mouth) the difference between these very similar sounds.
As children develop reading skills, fun games that reinforce rhymes will help students to see patterns in words that can help them with reading more fluently and spelling more accurately. Reading, saying aloud, and matching "crimp, shrimp, wimp" is a multisensory activity - the student sees, hears (and speaks) and then moves the words to match the rhymes.
In order to play these games, your student should:
Know all the short vowel sounds and most common sounds of the consonants (hard "c" and "g" as in cat and gum.)
Know the consonant teams "sh" and "ch"
Understand how to blend or "sound out" a word
Have been introduced to sounding out consonant blends (two consonants together, each saying their own sound. Some students have no difficulty adding consonant blends to their previous CVC knowledge, but some students will need to review blending procedures and remember that if the letters aren't a consonant team, they each say one sound ie: "strap" has 4 sounds ( /s/t/r/a/p/ ) but "chap" has 3 ( /ch/a/p/).
There are two different games with different words. One has 3 words which the student will sort and match. The other shows one word at a time and the student will choose the rhyming match from a bank of words. Happy Reading!
Clicking on the thumbnails will redirect to WordWall where I make many of my free games.