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Slide into a Rhyme

Sheila Ryan
Orange County Schools


Multimedia projects make learning fun for students. This lesson helps students practice phonetic analysis skills with onsets and rhymes. Groups of students create animations in PowerPoint to demonstrate combining beginning letters with rhyme patterns.


The student uses basic elements of phonetic analysis (for example, hears, segments, substitutes, and blends sounds in words).

The student uses beginning letters (onsets) and patterns (rhymes) as visual cues for decoding.


-Computers with PowerPoint
-Sample project to demonstrate
-Template for students to use
-Projector or large screen TV


1. Sign up for computer lab, or make sure you have enough computers (one per group).
2. Create models to use in demonstration.
3. Create template for students to use.
4. The attached file is a sample PowerPoint that will need to be downloaded.


Day One
1. Model one or two teacher-made presentations with common patterns.

2. Ask students to sound out the letter sounds for the pattern and then blend the beginning letters as they animate onto slide to make words. (For example: using the pattern [-at], the letter [c] would animate onto the slide. Students would then combine the beginning sound with the pattern to form the word [cat].) A visual reinforcement, such as a picture/graphic, would be added as an animation on the slide.

3. Divide the students into groups of three or four. Assign each group a common pattern.

4. Have them brainstorm and list as a group all the rhymes that they can make with that pattern.

Day Two
5. Provide a template with three slides, a placeholder for a letter, a preset animation and placeholder for a picture in PowerPoint. (See WebLinks for tutorial. See attached PowerPoint file for sample).

6. Have students work at computers in groups. Each student must make at least one slide with animations, but all group members can assist.

Day Three
7. Have each group present the rhymes in the PowerPoint.

8. Class members must sound out letters and rhymes to make complete words. The picture will be used as feedback to represent the rhyme.

9. Assess the activity. (See Assessment.)


1. The student uses beginning letters and patterns as visual cues for decoding.
2. The completed PowerPoint presentations are used to formatively assess the studentís ability to construct rhymes and to use basic elements of phonetic analysis.
3. The group presentations are used to practice abilities with phonetic analysis.

Web Links

Web supplement for Slide into a Rhyme
PowerPoint in the Classroom

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