Rhyming word games can help kids identify words, read, and spell. Following are some games using rhyming words and some other fun games for the classroom.
A good rhyming game for the classroom is Disappearing Rhyme Man or the Invisible Rhyme Man. You draw two stick men on the board with between 12 and 16 parts. This may include head, body, legs, arms, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, etc. Divide the class into two teams. The first player has to come up with a rhyming word or two, depending on the level of the class. You may want to have a two line poem and have him fill in the last word with a rhyming word. If he gets it right, he erases one part of the opposing team’s man. Continue playing until one man has disappeared. If a team cannot think of a rhyming word, either give the other team a chance or pick a new word to rhyme.
One student is the poet and walks around the room looking for help with rhyming. He stops behind a desk and asks the students for help rhyming a word. If the student answers correctly, then the poet has to sit down and the student is the new poet.
This can be adapted to any grade level. For example, if the students can read, the poet can have a card with the word written on it. The new poet can get another word from a stack. If the students are not reading yet, then the teacher can provide the word. Continue until every student has a chance to think of a rhyming word.
Rhyme Hunt is like a scavenger hunt. Write words that have a few words that rhyme with them on cards and place them around the room. Have the class team up in pairs and give the team a list of words. Each team finds a word and the first player will say at least one word that rhymes with the word. The other team member will put a check mark by his name, and then they reverse roles. Of course, the second player has to say a different rhyming word. By the end of the hunt, each word on the list will have two check marks.
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