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This is a fun way to practice rhyming with TWO levels of differentiation!
• 30 train sorting mats (each train mat is 4.25” x 11”)
• 90 sorting pieces
• 90 optional word cards to differentiate!
Each train mat has a colorful train depicted on it. Each train has a head car with the “rime” printed on it (i.e., “-ar”) and 3 additional cars behind it with large question-marked boxes for matched rhyming pictures/words to be placed. So, if your student is working on the “-ar” family, a successfully completed train will have the pictures/words of “jar,” “star,” and “car” placed on the cars!
Print all pages on white construction paper or cardstock. Don’t forget to print the words on the BACK of the picture cards (if that’s what you prefer)! I suggest laminating the pages for durability, as well. Then, cut out the 90 sorting pieces. Also, cut the train pages in HALF lengthwise to create 2 separate trains (use a paper cutter for the best results). Your game is ready to go!
I introduce this activity whole group to practice listening for the rhyming chunk (i.e., the rime) in each word. With some repeated practice, it then becomes an ELA center. My kids LOVE working with REAL pictures and showing off their rhyming skills! Of course, you can always differentiate beyond using either pictures OR words by putting out less train mats/pieces if you have beginning or struggling students.
Choo choo! Have fun!