Phonological awareness, which is a recognition of the similarities and differences in sounds, is an important pre-reading skill and is considered the number one predictor of reading success. As students begin to develop phonological awareness, they begin to understand that there is a structure and pattern to words. Rhyme Time activities encourage this development by providing opportunities for students to identify and categorize words that have the same (rhyming) ending sound. This RhymeTime word sort activity can also be used to introduce onsets and rimes by explaining that these words rhyme because they all end with the same rime (vowel and ending consonants within the word). Teachers can extend this knowledge by asking students for examples of any other words that end with the same sounds.
In this activity, students will sort pictures into correct word families. This exercise combines the visual processing of language as students read the word families and the auditory processing of language as they say the names of the pictures and determine which word families end in the same rhyming sounds.
Word families include: -at, -ap, -et, -en, -ip, -in, -it, -op, -ut, -ug
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