This activity is a fun and colorful way to build word family understanding. Students will select a rime and use the letter strips to explore word families. Each letter strip has several different letters that can be paired with a rime. Students will be able to use these tools to learn the rules of combining onsets and rimes.
Dr. Seuss books are very helpful for helping kids learn onsets and rimes. Students can use a signal to acknowledge that they have heard/seen word family words during a read aloud. You could also write sections of the book on chart paper and have students point out the word family words.
In this activity students will twist the plastic Easter eggs to make different words out of onsets and rimes. Students will be able to make all real words in this activity. Therefore, the focus will be on learning new and unfamiliar words.
This book incorporates many onsets and rimes. An activity that could be used in combination with this book would be to have students sort out the onsets and rimes. You could give students a printout of the words that have different rimes and have them highlight the onsets in one color and the rime in another. This would allow students to see that onsets are interchangeable in some words.