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Rhyme Around Baseball

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Activity Type: Build Fluency
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1, 2
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Materials: Chart paper, a marker, objects to use as bases, posters or cards with word family endings
Goal: Given a word family ending, students will be able to create rhyming words within that word family.
Items: Word families (-at, -en, -ot, -ock, etc.). NOTE: This activity assumes that the teacher has some basic knowledge of baseball.

What to do

  1. Divide your class into two groups or teams. Have your students name their teams while you place bases around the room. Your goal is to make the classroom resemble a baseball diamond (there should be three bases, a pitcher's mound, and a home plate).
  2. You act as pitcher. Stand on the mound and have the first team line up to bat. Show the batter a word family ending. If the student responds with a rhyming word, he or she advances to first base and writes the word on the chart paper.
  3. Each additional batter is given a rhyming word until all words are used. Give out a new word family when all possible words have been used.
  4. If a student repeats a word, gives an incorrect word, or writes the word incorrectly on the chart paper, it counts as a strike. After three strikes the next team bats.
  5. The team with the most words at the end of three innings wins. Take note of any students who appear to struggle; you may wish to record this information in an Activity Log.

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About this activity

I adapted this lesson from an activity I learned during my undergraduate work.

To make this activity easier, you may eliminate the writing and reading components. Say the word family ending and have the student say a correct rhyme in response.

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