Counting Rhymes

Counting Rhymes
provide opportunities for children to practice a range of math skills including counting, numeral recognition, addition and subtraction. In addition to these benefits, research suggests that early learning of traditional rhymes and rhythmic poems, songs, and chants significantly enhances early reading skills and phonemic awareness. This eBook contains 34 traditional and modern rhymes in four formats:

  • large rhyme page
  • small rhyme page
  • cloze activity pages
  • sentence strip pages

1. Large Rhyme Page can be enlarged and used as a Shared Reading text. Focus on one rhyme per week and create a class
    Counting Rhymes Big Book. Alternatively, save the file to your computer and project it onto your interactive whiteboard during
    Shared Reading sessions.
2. Small Rhyme Page (2 per page) can be photocopied for children to paste into their individual Counting Rhymes Book. Add a 
     rhyme each week and have them available to children during reading sessions.
3. Cloze Activity Pages provide practice in writing numerals while reading rhymes. Once children are familiar with the rhyme these
    can be either laminated and used as a Center activity with dry erase markers or used as a pencil and paper activity.
4. Sentence Strip pages can be:
    a) laminated and cut into the marked strips for use as a Center activity. Children can put the sentences back in order to make
        up the whole rhyme. 
     b) used to make a class book, with children working in pairs to illustrate one page of the book to match their 
        sentence strip

    c) photocopied for children to cut and paste in order in their Counting Rhymes Book.
5. Innovating on the text: Some rhymes include templates for students to innovate on the structure of the text to create original
    rhymes for display as wall stories or class books. Once children are familiar with the structure of a rhyme the templates can be
    used to write your own rhymes as a class or individually. Brainstorm and list appropriate words to replace words from the rhyme
    that have been omitted on the template. Children can then use these lists as a reference when making up their own versions of
    the rhyme.

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