Let's get together on the rug. I have a song that I want to introduce to you called, "Down By the Bay". (from Raffii's CD, Singable Songs for the Very Young.) How many of you think you know it? Let's listen to it the first time through. I have the children listen to the silliness of some of the verses and ask them what they pictured in their heads.
Do the pictures that you create in your heads show something that is real or make believe? What do you think added to the enjoyment of listening to this song? To make a rhyme, does it always need to make sense? We again listen to the song and try to list the combinations of rhymes that we hear.
Listening to the song a third time, we will retell the story and rhymes by using Story retelling prompts to cue us in to the rhymes. I will pass out the different pictures to listening students, and if your picture is called out in the song, bring the picture to the front of the room.
Teaching rhyming is important for so many reasons. Research has shown a correlation between rhyming mastery and eventual reading preparedness. Rhyming helps kids improve their oral language skills. It helps them to playfully manipulate their language. In addition, rhyming is an aspect of phonemic awareness which lays the groundwork for written language. Rhyming is a precursor to learning how to read and write.
Now we will revisit our chart and see if we can create a different rhyming word to change the meaning of that verse of the song. We will sing the song with the new changes. What do you think? Are we pretty good at creating some rhymes? I am going to given you an opportunity to help us illustrate part of the song. You will get a piece of paper with a word on it. Your job is to draw the picture. When we play the song again, I will call on someone to tell us what is on their paper and then we will have to find the person who has its rhyming mate. The children are then given a piece of paper to illustrate the new endings. We sing the song again and tape the drawings to the chart which the children can look at again during our literacy block.
Lastly, children, you will be given a paper plate to color to look like a Watermelon slice. The outside rim gets colored green, while the inside circle is colored red. Draw black spots for watermelon seeds. Next, cut the paper plate into halves. There are matching pairs of rhyming words for you to color in. Cut them apart and glue one to each piece of your "watermelon". I will collect these from you and put it together for a class book. When it is your turn, you will read through the Watermelon Book to match the two "slices" that rhyme.
Each child gets to share their picture that they have drawn. We use their pictures as a rebus-like clue to read the lyrics of the song that has been copied onto chart paper. When the child hears the corresponding rhyming word, the child should be able to match the rhyme picture up to the front to complete the rhyming section of the song. Let's sing this one more time!
If you are interested in sending home a Down by the Bay booklet for your students to reinforce their learning and give some reading practice, there is a great resource from Teachers-pay-teacher. Plus, it is free!