Teaching rhyming words can be tricky, especially for little learners who are just starting to learn their CVC and short vowel sounds. This Snowman CVC Rhyming Words Activity is such a great way to get kids involved in learning their CVC words AND short vowel sounds.
This activity would pair well with our CVC playdough mats right here.
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How to teach CVC Rhyming words
The best way to start teaching CVC rhyming words is to begin by reviewing the short vowel sounds with the students. Many though miss the important foundational steps before starting with short vowel sounds. Here are simple steps that you can take to instroduce and successfully teach CVC rhyming words.
Simple steps to teaching CVC words
- Start with short vowel sounds: be sure your students know their short vowel sounds first. The CVC short vowel sounds to focus on are a, i, o, u, and e. Some words you can give as examples include tap, tip, top, pup, and pet. These are all short vowel sounds and simple words that kids won’t have trouble understanding as you introduce the topic.
- Recite the alphabet: Before students can work on rhyming skills, you need to be sure they know their alphabet order and their alphabet sounds. Try different alphabet songs, chants etc. before you introduce CVC words. I work with a lot of ESL students and most always need more alphabet recognition activities.
- Know the vowels: Kids need to know their vowel sounds before they’re introduced to CVC words. Practice chants, alphabet songs etc to help them know the sounds vowel letters make in words.
- Long and short vowel sounds: Give the students examples of long and short vowel sounds. Your focus should be on short vowel sounds to begin with but it’s important for kids to know that long forms also exist.
Here’s a fun little info graphic which you can print and hang!
These short and simple steps should help you introduce CVC rhyming words to your students, once they are aware of the foundational skills, they can then begin to identify similar sounds and words that have the same sound.
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Like tap and cap.
Tip and sip etc.
However, if you find that some of your students are still struggling with some aspect or step from above, you can prepare to review the skills with them during a one-on-one support session. Drills with the whole class also benefit so many students, I do this often!
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Snowman CVC Rhyming Words Activity
Onto this activity! I created this as a way to help kids identify their CVC rhyming words. You can get the students to write their words at the end of the activity too. A recording sheet is included. This activity is hosted over at Totschooling.net. Head to the post right here to see how to prep and use this activity!