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After the initial back to school excitement has died down, every kindergartener starts to dream about Halloween as soon as the calendar ticks over to October. While they’re thinking about pumpkins, costumes and candy, teachers can tap into this excitement by bringing Halloween decorations into the classroom. This can also be extended by finding high quality Halloween kindergarten worksheets like this rhyming words worksheet. Your students will be excited by the witch and bats at the top, while you’ll be interested in their ability to find rhyming CVC words with pictures to help them along the way.
The Importance of Rhyming Words for Kids
Literacy in the early days of the kindergarten classroom focuses on building a big enough visual vocabulary for students to begin reading short books and other texts independently.
The next step from here is to help them master their letter sounds so that they can generalize their reading skills to unknown words, and using three letter words with the pattern consonant – vowel – consonant (CVC) helps to build this skill.
Matching CVC words with pictures helps students to use their visual clues to read the new word, and this Halloween themed rhyming words worksheet helps students spot patterns between letter sounds. For example, noticing that “dog” and “log” rhyme because they share the same ending short vowel and consonant sounds will help them read “jog” and “cog” even if there’s no picture.
Preparing Halloween Rhyming Words Worksheet
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These kindergarten rhyming activities are simple to use; just download, print a class set and you’re ready to roll. The only choice you need to make is whether to use the color or black and white worksheets.
Extension Kindergarten Rhyming Activities
These Halloween kindergarten worksheets are easy for your students to understand and use independently. They just need to read the CVC words with pictures in each box and mark (either circling with a marker or coloring the picture if you choose the black and white page) the two words that rhyme. As they master this skill, you can try some of these extension activities to develop their literacy skills:
Tell me more – the best thing about rhyming CVC words is that there’s always a couple more words that students can make just by switching the starting letter. By asking students to tell you more CVC words that share the same ending sound pattern, you’re developing their spelling patterns as well as their flexibility with language. A final piece might be for them to write down the new words that they’ve created.
Alien or Human – in this activity, you take the rhyming words from each box and generate another set of CVC words, some of which are nonsense (or alien) and some of which are real words (or human). For example, you could give them jam, ham, yam, tam, nam, ram and vam. Have them read each word out loud for practice, and then sort into alien words or human words. This game works well as you explore digraphs and beginning sounds.
Match the picture – for a final assessment task, you can take all the words from one box (or from the whole page as an extra challenge) and cut them up. Students then have to match the CVC words with pictures that make sense.
More Themed Centers Perfect for Halloween:
My Halloween Themed Centers is a variety pack of 10 games focused on early literacy, math, and fine motor skills.
These are the games included:
1) Witch Sight Word Spells – 40 pre-primer word cards provided with themed letter cards to form the sight words
2) Werewolf Spin and Cover Letters – alphabet divided into 5 different playing mats
3) Spider Web Sight Word Match – match the spider to its web to work on recognition of the pre-primer sight words
4) Trick or Treat Tracing – develop pre-writing fine motor skills with 15 different tracing patterns
5) Graveyard Alphabet Match – pair up the letter ghosts with their tombstones
6) Frankenstein Ten Frame Matching – big version and file folder version included
7) Candy Counting Mats to 10 – trick or treat themed counting mats that you can use with playdough or any counting manipulative
8) Count and Write to 10 – flashcards that can be used for counting the objects and then learning to write the number words
9) Measurement Cards – grab a ruler and record the lengths of 12 different creatures on the answer sheet provided
10) Halloween Treats Emotions Sorting Mats – 6 different sets of treats with 6 different emotions included
Other Halloween Printables You’ll Love:
1) Halloween Worksheet Pack – Lots of Halloween treats await your students in this fun-filled activity packet. 50 pages of literacy, math and fine motor practice inside!
2) Halloween Shadow Matching – Preschoolers need visual discrimination and matching skills in order to differentiate between the letters and numbers and to be able to classify objects. This Halloween shadow matching game develops these early literacy and math skills.
3) Werewolf Spin and Cover Letters – Learning to recognize letters is made fun and easy with this spin and cover game. Kids will be howling like a werewolf with excitement as they race to find all the letters on their mat.
4) Halloween Themed Centers –10 fun Halloween-themed literacy and math centers for preschool and kindergarten. No tricks, only treats, in this pack!
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Other Printables That Work On Learning CVCs:
1) Rhyme Time with Penguin CVC Clip Cards – Any winter literacy station that has penguins will be instantly engaging to the majority of your students. These kindergarten penguin theme CVC rhyming printable will have them practicing their short vowel and consonant sounds all season long.
2) Christmas CVC Read and Match– This fun Christmas printable activity can be used as a simple yet effective early reading center. In this free CVC printable game students look at each of the pictures and find a match from the three words listed by the side. This Christmas CVC words literacy center comes ready to print and play!
3) Space CVC Vowel Sorting – Kids will love this simple space-themed vowel sorting activity. Which planet does the object belong on? Sound it out loud for some out of this world fun!
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