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Onset and Rime SCOOT! Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 1

Have fun building words by blending onsets and rimes using an Onset-Rime Scoot! Game.

Put the emphasis on the first and last sounds in a word with Onset-Rime Scoot! Students will have fun moving around to build words as they learn about onset and rime. Beginning readers learn about the parts of a single-syllable word (onset, vowel, rime) in this game that incorporates phonics, word formation, and more.

Applying this learned reading skill is similar to following a roadmap—following the route one sound (phoneme) at a time until you get to the endpoint. 

Teaching onset and rime become playtime with our Onset and Rime Scoot!, in which students build words using onsets and rimes, all while getting out of those desks for a bit of movement.

Master Reading through Play with Onsets and Rimes 

This resource can be used as a reading center activity for fast finishers, with your guided reading group, or as a full class activity to practice forming words by blending onsets and rimes. 

To use, print the cards and place them around the room. Provide each student with a recording sheet and assign them a card to start. They will complete the cards in numerical order. The play ends when students return to their original cards.

Turn This Activity into Even More Onset and Rime Games!

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Word Families

Students can practice their word families. Have students take out a sheet of paper and write one other word that uses the same rime as a word on the cards.

Check out more reading center activities here! 

Onset-Rime Awareness Scaffolding & Extension Tips

Once students have built all of the words, encourage them to add them to a personal word wall or student dictionary, use them in sentences, or reset the slides and play again!

Invite students to use a visual reminder such as an onset & rime anchor chart or an alphabet chart to sound out words they may struggle with. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print the cards and place them in a reading center, along with 24 clothespins. Then your students are ready to go!

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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