This Rhyming Picture Sort Center will help you foster phonological awareness in your students. This is one sample center from a larger book that can be found here:
Rhyming Picture Sorting Centers for Phonological Awareness
In this product, there are 13 different rhyming centers. All short vowels are compared (10 centers) and there are 3 additional rhyming centers that are more difficult as they are voiced and unvoiced rimes (ab vs. ap, ig vs. ick, and et vs. ed).
Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear and mentally manipulate individual sounds. Phonological Awareness is a larger term that includes this ability as well as the ability to mentally manipulate onsets and rimes. These skills are the building blocks of reading. Research indicates that fluency in these skills is vital in early reading acquisition.
Many of my products are designed to develop a child’s fluency in Phonological and Phonemic Awareness. I use pictures so that the child can listen to his/her own voice and feel for the sounds themselves. It is important with all picture sorting activities for the teacher to introduce pictures in advance so that the student to encourage independent success and minimize teacher interruptions.
If you are interested in other Rhyming activities, I also made a cut and paste rhyming book that you can find here:
Rhyming Cut and Paste for Phonological Awareness
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also blog once in a while at tchrgrl.blogspot.com. Happy Teaching!