Learning Through Games
Learning Goals: Literacy, Rhyming, Phonemic Awareness
Students can play matching games with rhyming word cards.
Memory: Set up all of the cards face down. Students can play in pairs or a small group. Students take turns turning two cards over to make a rhyming match (i.e. sun and bun). If they make a match they collect those two cards. If the cards do not match, they flip them back over. The game ends when all the pairs have been matched.
Find Your Match: This variation can be played as a whole class. Give each student one rhyming card. Students spread themselves throughout the classroom and look at their card. They say their words aloud, trying to listen to find their peers that have a rhyming match. They form a group with all of their rhyming matches. The educator can then review all of the rhymes with the class.
The Box Game: Place one card from every rhyming family in a box (i.e. sun, tree, car, map, bag, cat, lip, dog, bed, sock, pig, box, map). Place the remaining cards face up on a table. The students can then pick a mystery word card from the box and read the word. Next, they can search to find words that rhyme from the rest of the cards that are face up on the table. This continues for each card until all the rhymes have been placed into their groups.
Print Rhyming Words (Game Cards & Blank Template)
Why is This Learning Through Games?
This game was prepared, set up, and initiated by the educator for the children to play.
The educator had predetermined the rules and outcome of this game, which was to build an understanding of rhyming words.