Snowball Rhyming Clip Strips
The rhyming strips help kids with their rhyming skills by listening to the phonological sounds each word makes. You’ll hear the kids saying the words out loud before clipping their answers. This is so important because phonological awareness is the foundation of all literacy skills.
The kids will simultaneously learn rhyming words and phonological skills to boost their literacy confidence.
Everyone Loves Simple Prep
This activity is a great addition to literacy centers because of the ease with which it can be created. Simply print, laminate, and cut the strips apart. If you don’t want to do too much cutting, place a whole sheet in a write and wipe pocket and use dry erase markers to record answers.
Add snowman or snowball mini erasers to your centers for more hands-on fun.
Grab the resource at the bottom of this post, and then get yourself some cute clips for the kids to use. Place them in centers, and you’re all set for winter!
Setting Up the Winter Rhyming Activity
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- Snowball Rhyming Clip Strips
- Clothespins, clips, or paperclips
- Laminator or write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Print the Snowball rhyming strips. There are 3 strips on each page.
- Laminate the strips if you wish.
- Cut the strips apart.
- Slide the strips, clothespins, or clips into a baggie or tray for easy storage and grab-and-go access.
Why Kids Need to Learn to Rhyme
Rhyming is an important skill because it teaches kids to recognize the phonological similarities between words. As they recognize these patterns, they will use them to read and write words that sound the same.
To use this activity, students will pick a card and look at the picture on the card. Then they will look at the picture choices and choose the one that rhymes with the original picture by clipping it with a clothespin.
Encourage your students to say the words pictured out loud before choosing the rhyming pair. You can even ask them to say the word on the snowball before they say each word on the strip to see if they can hear the rhyme.
This activity will give them a hands-on and engaging way to practice this important skill.
Ideas for Differentiating the Clip Cards
Each student is learning at a different pace, so I recommend changing up the activity to meet the needs of your students. Some may be able to do this activity independently, but others may need to work with a partner or with you during small group instruction.
If you want to make this activity more independent, add a small dot or sticker to the back of the card to show the answer. Students can self-check their work as they go!
Add the clip cards to small group rotations or independent centers for extra practice after you have taught rhyming. They also make great fast-finishers or extra practice when students need more.
Add this engaging activity to your literacy centers for tons of rhyming fun and extra phonological practice this winter.
Your kiddos will love these hands-on rhyming clip strips and will gain confidence as they work with them more and more. Who knew rhyming could be so fun and simple?
Click the button below to get the snowball rhyming clip strips printable. Enjoy!