Teaching rhyming can be tough, but catchy videos and songs can make it easier! Here are three engaging videos for practicing rhyming in the classroom.
Rhyming can be a tough skill to learn. Students need to hear many examples (and nonexmaples) of rhymes before they begin to hear, distinguish, and eventually, produce rhymes.
I’ve scoured YouTube for videos that give students the opportunity to practice rhyming. Here are three engaging and effective videos that I recommend.
Learning Videos for the Classroom
While I personally believe these videos are appropriate for preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms, remember that there can often be inappropriate ads before and after YouTube videos. Also, I always recommend previewing the full video before showing it to your class.
If you plan to show YouTube videos in your classroom, I highly recommend that you read this blog post by Catherine, the Brown Bag Teacher. She shares three ways to eliminate YouTube video ads so that you can safely play these learning videos in your classroom.
Without further ado, here are three effective videos for practicing rhyming in the classroom!
Engaging Videos for Practicing Rhyming in the Classroom
1. Rhyme Time
This is a great video for students who are new to rhyming. I’ll be honest, this video doesn’t have a catchy song and the music is, well, not my favorite. However, this video explains rhyming while giving students the opportunity to see and listen to rhymes. Students won’t be able to generate their own rhymes until they can hear and recognize rhymes. Needless to say, hearing such rhymes is crucial to learning how to rhyme, which is why I recommend this video.
2. Exercise, Rhyme, and Freeze!
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge Jack Hartmann fan!
In this video, Jack shares word pairs and asks the students to respond physically based on whether or not the pair rhyme. For example, if the words rhyme, they continue to do the exercise. If the words do not rhyme, students must freeze!
I love that the words are displayed on the screen. Students need to visually see that most of the time, rhyming words are spelled the same at the end because they sound they same at the end.
Additionally, I think it is great that he “tricks” them with word pairs that start with the same beginning sound. Students often mistake two words that start with the same sound as rhyming words.
Watch your class as they participate in this engaging video for an informal rhyming observation/assessment.
3. I Love to Rhyme
Oh Jack, what would we do without you? 😉
These videos are getting more “advanced” in rhyming! With this catchy song, Jack says two rhyming words and asks students to generate a third rhyme. He uses only CVC words, but covers all the medial vowel sounds. I love that he provides two rhyming words, because if a student is not (yet!) able to generate a rhyme, they are still benefiting from hearing rhyming pairs in the video.
Do you know of any videos for teaching, learning, or practicing rhyming?
Do you have any videos you could add to the list? If so, please let me know in the comments below! I would love to update this post with more videos. 😁
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