In getting ready for back to school, I have been compiling all of my guided reading games and activities (getting organized is my big goal for this year!).
Last week, I talked about some ways that I practice counting syllables with my students.
Another big skill that K and 1 students need to work on is rhyming.
Students should be able to identify and produce rhymes, and figure out which words in a series do not rhyme with a target word.
Like syllables, rhymes are another way to show students that words and sounds can be fun, and that we can be silly with them!
Did you know that I have a FREE guide all about teaching rhymes en français?
If you haven’t seen it yet and want to grab a copy, just CLICK HERE and fill out the form – I’ll send it straight to your inbox.
Included in the guide is a free game that you can use with your students to help them practice rhyming.
The game is called Les mots dans un bateau, and you can read more about how it works below.
(Yes, even the title rhymes ;) )
It is so simple, but very effective. I use it during small group time, but I also turn it into a whole group game as well.
The set includes six boats, each with a different image on the hull and four blank spaces.
There is also a page of images to cut out.
Students need to put four images in each boat – the four words that rhyme with the target image.
I generally only play with 2-3 boats at a time, as 24 cards is a lot to handle at once.
When playing with a small group, I just lay the cards out on the table around the boats, get my students to name each target image a few times, and then they pick a card of their choice.
They say the word on the card and find the correct boat. Then another child picks a card. Easy peasy!
At the end, when the boats are full, we review the words in each boat to make sure that they all rhyme.
(If a student put a word in the incorrect boat, it is a lot easier for them to figure that out when listing a bunch of other words that all rhyme along with that word. It usually sticks out like a sore thumb!)
If you use my resource Trions les sons de l’alphabet, we play that game whole group in the exact same way as well!
The freebie also includes an “I Can” cards, so you can even use this game as an independent centre!
Want this game for your own classroom? Getting your hands on it is easy! And FREE!
Les mots dans un bateau is included in my FREE French Guide for Teaching Rhymes.
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