Rhyming plays a big role in developing early reading skills and also is a big indicator in regard to students who will really struggle with learning how to read. So, I try to regularly include rhyming activities in my lessons through read alouds, sorts and games. I am always relieved when doing rhyming activities with my students to see that they get it- if they aren’t able to recognize or make their own rhymes, I keep a close eye on that student to see if there are other areas in reading that he/she majorly struggles with as well.
Today I’m linking up with the great girls over at Collaboration Cuties for their Language Arts Must Read Mentor Text. I’m sharing a fun book that has loads of rhymes in it that my little friends enjoy: Mary Had a Little Lamp by Jack Lechner.
This book has super cute illustrations and is just a generally silly story about Mary and her lamp that she takes everywhere with her. She takes it out for Chinese food, to a baseball game, takes it sledding, etc. Rhyming words pop up on every page of the story so this is a perfect text to use to practice and review rhyming words.
There are so many activities you can do with this story! I haven’t done #5 yet, but plan to in the near future because I think it would turn into a very cute class book- of course we would try to make those sentences rhyming sentences too! 🙂