Lesson plan

Rhyme or Rime?

What’s the difference between rhymes and rimes? Your students will become masters at using and explaining onset, rhyme, and rime after this lesson.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able identify and use onset and rime to decode new words.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather the class for the start of the lesson.
  • Ask, “Who can remind me what a syllable is?”
  • Listen to a few student responses and say, “Right! A word can be broken into syllables or chunks, for example the word 'writing' sounds like 'write' and 'ing' (clap for each syllable)."
  • Ask, “Can anyone think of a word that rhymes with sock?”
  • Listen to a few student responses.
  • Say, “Today we will learn a new way to break down the syllables in a word.”
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that we can break the syllables in a word into something called the onset (all the letters before the vowel) and the rime (the vowel and all of the letters after it).
  • Demonstrate this by writing the word 'meet' on the board and showing how the letter /m/ is the onset and the letters /eet/ are the rime.
  • Tell the class that if they can identify the onset and rime in a word, it can help them create more words using a different onset and the same rime, like we do for word families!
  • Tell your students that rime/rhyme mean slightly different things but can go together, for example if you know the onset and rime in a word you can then create new rhymes by changing the onset, for example hat/cat/sat.
(10 minutes)
  • Play a round of Rhyme It with your students by writing the word 'call' on the board, circling the onset of the word and asking students to create a rhyme by changing the onset. Allow for either the whole class or several students to share their rhyme. Write each new word under the original word.
  • Point to the word 'call' again and ask students to create a new word by using the same rime (-all). Remind students that this is the same as when they use word families.
  • Invite students to write their new words under the original word on the board.
(15 minutes)
  • Explain that students will now play a game of Rhyme It with a partner. They should start with the word 'sand' and may choose another word for the second round.
  • Support individual students as needed.
  • Support: Provide struggling students with further practice by choosing additional words for them to start with while playing Rhyme It.

  • Enrichment: Have advanced students use the words from the worksheet to create a silly story or poem.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect students' work from the Rhyme It game and assess whether students were able to differentiate between rhyme and rime.
  • Pass out a blank index card to each student and have them write two words on each side that contain the same rime or the same onset.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the concept of onset, rime, and rhyme with your students by going over the word 'ball' and having students change the onset of rime to create new words.
  • Answer student questions as needed.
  • Collect the index cards from the assessment as exit tickets.

Add to collection

Create new collection

Create new collection

New Collection


New Collection>

0 items