Rhyming is an important skill for new readers to master and these playful back to school rhyming puzzles make it so fun to practice.

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Getting Ready

To prep, I printed the Back to School Rhyming Puzzles (below) on card stock and laminated them so that I could easily reuse the center again.

When cutting them out, I found it easiest to use a paper trimmer to cut around the outside border of the puzzles first.

Then, I went back and cut out the individual pieces of each puzzle with scissors.

The set contains 15 different puzzles. Each vowel has three different rhyming puzzles to give children plenty of practice.

Rhyming Puzzles

Students started the activity by placing all of the puzzle pieces on a table.

They chose a glue puzzle piece first. I always encourage my students to say the name of the picture out loud.

This student chose the puzzle piece with a box on it so she said, “Box.”

She then sorted through all of the glue dot puzzle pieces, trying to find the one that had a picture of something rhyming with “box.”

My student found the fox puzzle piece and placed it next to the box.

She pushed the completed puzzle to the side and continued pairing up the remaining glue bottles and glue dots until all 15 puzzle pieces had been matched.

Differentiating the Rhyming Puzzles

Our students always come to us with varying abilities so it is so nice when we can adapt the activity to meet the needs of all students.

If your students would have difficulty sorting through all fifteen puzzles, provide them with only one or two examples of each vowel so that they don’t get overwhelmed. As they master those, you can add in the remaining puzzle pieces.

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  1. Please remove my e-mail from this site. I have a lot of similar resources.

  2. I’ve been unable to get the download button to work on any of the free activites. What’s going on?

    1. Hi Laurie,
      When you click the blue “Download Here” button, a pop-up should open. You can try checking to make sure your browser isn’t blocking pop-ups from the site or try using a different browser. If you happen to be attempting the download at school, your district’s web filter may be blocking the pop-up. Let me know if you’re not able to get the puzzles!
      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

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