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Students are instructed to listen to all the rhyming words in the story as the teacher begins reading "The Very Cranky Bear." Repetition of the story's similar-sounding words, such as Day and Play, encourages and scaffolds the students: Did you hear the same sound at the end of the word ? i.e., cold, gold. Then the teacher writes some rhyming words together on a white board and highlight the same sound at the end. D ay / pl ay Go ld / co ld Asl eep / Sh eep And wants the students to notice the same sound at the end of the word . Next the teacher starts paying with students Rhyming treasure box game. There are some cards with pictures and names on them and they have to find same rhyming words. Put them back in the box i.e. cat, hat, mat... Children can use these cards to link up rhyme- and similar-sounding words in groups or pairs. Children are encouraged to work together to sound out the words to emphasise comparable sounds. This enables the children to link together rhyming words and words that sound similar that they have already heard. "It is now widely acknowledged that children who hear rhymes at home and in early childhood settings pick up reading faster than children who don't have this option. Children's listening abilities can be enhanced through rhymes" (Tassoni, 2006).
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