As the class gathers on the rug, students will be introduced to a game where they need to distinguish whether two words rhyme or not. If the words rhyme, the children will jump like frogs; however, if the words do not rhyme, the children stand still. This activity allows me the opportunity to make a quick visual note about which children have an understanding of the concept, to rhyme. Rhyming is an important pre-reading skill which helps students with decoding words and identifying the sounds that letters make.
Boys and girls today's objective is 'I can hear and say rhyming words'. We will be playing a game where we pretend we are frogs. I will say two words. If the words rhyme, we will spring up like frogs, but if the words do not rhyme, we will pretend we are sitting on our logs. Let's start with these words: frog/ log; cat/mouse; tree/bee; ball/wall; chair/table
This then leads itself into a conversation about when we start seeing frogs and other signs of spring.
The field at the back of our school is a little like the meadow we will hear about in our story today. I like to read this story in the springtime because we are beginning to see and hear these animals near our school. Remember last week when we looked out of our classroom window? What did we see on the playground? Two deer! What are some of the other animals that we are beginning to see and hear?
The story that I am going to read today is called Over in the Meadow. See if we have any of the same animals.
I will then present the book, Over in the Meadow, by Ezra Jack Keats and look for volunteers to see who recognizes our author and illustrator. I wonder which of you recognize our author? If you remember, he was our Author of the Month in January. Do you remember the names of any of his characters? I will read through the story once just for you to enjoy the rhythm and rhyme, but the second time through, I am going to do something different. I am going to show you a presentation that I made on a website called Prezi. I will still be reading it to you, but there are some extra details added.
I will explain that I have chosen this book because many of the animals within the story are born or become visible in the spring. The first time through the story, we listen for enjoyment. The second time, instead of reading through the book, we will be viewing a Prezi presentation that I created to retell the story. At the end of the Prezi presentation, I have inserted a short song that retells the story, and I will invite the children to stand and move to the music to give them a kinesthetic break.
I repeat the objective from earlier to refocus the students: Today's objective is 'I can hear and say rhyming words'. We will listen for rhyming words and make a list. I have started the list for us by putting number words on the left side, and we will find a word that rhymes with it. As we find words that rhyme, we will add them to our list.
While we make our list of rhyming words, I will ask the children about the sets of words. They will "blow" their answers into their hands. When I tell them to release, they will give a choral response.
Then as the children begin to get restless, we will take a little brain break. I will point out that numbers are an important part of this story, and that the numbers become part of the rhyming pairs. The children will be paired up and one half of the team will be shown a number. That child will “write” the number on the other child’s back, and the child will need to guess the number written. If the student does not guess the number written, his partner will trace again, but this time say the corresponding rhyming word. For example, while writing the number one, the partner would say sun (Over in the meadow in the sand and the sun, live an old mother turtle and her little turtle one.) The roles are then reversed and repeated.
You are going to play another little game that will help you concentrate and be ready to do the rest of our work. We will make two lines of students and I will match you up with a partner. One person will see a number card that I hold up and they will "write" it with their finger on their friend's back. The other person will try to guess the number. If you get stuck, we will give you a hint by using the word from our list that rhymes with the number being traced. Let's see how you do.
Now that you have had a chance to practice the numbers and their rhymes, you will be completing a worksheet that has the numbers in order, but the pictures that rhyme with the numbers are all out of order. You will need to cut them out and place them with their proper partner.