When anyone says that two words rhyme, that means that both words sound the same even if they are spelled differently. One of the many examples is fly and lie. When it comes to teaching students regarding the appreciation of words in rhyme is to read poems with them out loud. You can emphasize a rhyme but let them figure out by themselves which words rhyme to help them practice this skill. One of my favorite activities are erase poems. Here is a quick example of what I mean, draw a stick figure of a human. On the head, draw eyes, nose, mouth. Draw hands, fingers, arms, legs, feet, toes. Draw a hat. Then, to play the erase game. You will read the following poem and have students fill it in so you can erase the part.
This is a stick person, his name is Macpherson.
Let’s play a game of rhyme-erase, so…
First let’s start and erase his _______. (erase/face)
Don’t be shy, erase his ____. (shy/eye)
Everyone knows you smell with your ____. (knows/nose)
He fell out of his bed and hit his _____. (bed/head)
He stood up and walked a little shoddy, oops let’s erase his ____. (shoddy/body)
Now, they linger so let’s erase his ___ (linger, finger)
He still has some charm, let’s erase his ___. (charm/arm)
That is it, he dropped an egg, oh, let’s see – erase his ___. (egg/leg)
The picture is getting small, so let’s go ahead and erase it ___. (small/all)