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Read for My Summer
Beat the summer heat with engaging activities from ReadWriteThink.org.
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Add Seasons to Rhyming Poems and Songs
When it is hot and you are on the spot, what could be as cool as a dip in the pool? Or is it a cold winter day? Chase the chill away! Put your rhyming—and singing—skills to the test with this activity. After choosing a favorite rhyming song or nursery rhyme, think about ways to replace the rhyming words with seasonal themes.
When children find words that rhyme or make their own rhymes, they are learning about the different sounds letters make. This skill, called phonemic awareness, is important for reading as well as writing and spelling. Using songs and nursery rhymes makes this practice fun and encourages children to experiment on their own. You can focus on either the first or second part of this activity, depending on whether the child needs practice with rhyming words or stringing letters and sounds together to make new words. In addition, the activity can be done with one child or with a group of children working together.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan “A-Hunting We Will Go: Teaching Rhyming Through Musical Verse.”