Draw and Write Together: Write a Rhyme

  • chart paper
  • crayons
  • marker
  • paper

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.2.a With guidance and support, recognize and produce rhyming words (e.g., identify words that rhyme with /cat/ such as /bat/ and /sat/).

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Phonological Awareness Identifies and discriminates between sounds and phonemes in language, such as attention to beginning and ending sounds of words and recognition that different words begin or end with the same sound.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 14 Recognize and supply rhythm and rhyme in poetry.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 8 Listen to, identify, and manipulate language sounds to develop auditory discrimination and phonemic awareness.
English Language Arts/Composition 16 Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: Write a Rhyme

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ELA Focus Skills: Concepts of Print, Listening and Speaking, Phonological Awareness (Rhyme), Vocabulary

Tell children they will be writing a rhyme about houses. Review what rhyming words are with children before you begin. Ask, What are rhyming words? Say, Tool and stool are rhyming words because they have the same ending sound. Say the words with me: tool, stool. These words rhyme. Now who can tell me a word that rhymes with house?

You may wish to use a template, such as the one below. It includes partial lines so children can supply the rhyming word. Or, let children come up with their own ideas as a group.


A house may be a mansion,
An igloo or a shed,
The outside may be painted blue,
Or a lovely shade of _____. (red)

A house may be a houseboat,
Floating on the sea,
I’d be happy in any house
If my family was there with _____. (me)

Read the completed rhyme aloud with children. Then invite them to draw pictures to illustrate their rhyme.

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