Rhyme Brainstormers

Rhyme Brainstormers lesson plan

Play a rhyming game with your classmates. Challenge each other to see who can think of the most unusual words that rhyme.

  • 1.

    Work in small groups to create sets of about 10 starter word cards. Write a word on each index card and draw a picture of the item or action with Crayola® Twistables Colored Pencils. At first, you’ll probably want to choose words that have several common rhyming words (such as cat or flip). Exchange sets of cards with another group so your game words will be a surprise!

  • 2.

    To play, lay the word cards face down in the center of your play area. One player picks a starter card and reads the word.

  • 3.

    Everyone writes that word at the top of their individual dry-erase boards with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers. Then each player draws or writes words that rhyme with the starter word. Think of as many as you can. Agree on a time limit or when to stop that round.

  • 4.

    At the end of each round, players take turns saying a rhyming word on their lists. All other players who have that word erase it from their boards with a tissue. The player who brainstormed the most unique words wins that round. Keep score if you wish.

Standards

  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • LA: With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas; Rhyme Time at the Farm (Children's Picture Book) by Ellin G. Wood; Rhyme Time at the Beach (Children's Picture Book) by Ellin G. Wood; RHYME TIME AT SCHOOL (A Fun and Silly Rhyming Children's Picture Book) Show and Tell by Ellin G. Wood
  • Encourage students to use this technique to brainstorm rhyming words before writing poetry, short stories, or lyrics for an original song.
  • Students play this gram with their weekly spelling words or any new vocabulary words from an academic subject. Students create their game cards for playing. Follow-up on the activity by having students create an original poem using a pre-determined number of vocabulary words, rhyming words, etc.
  • Have students reverse the process of the game. Students create illustrations on their dry erase boards. Teammates identify the vocabulary term that rhymes with the illustrations. Teammates write the vocabulary term on their dry erase board.