Why teach onset and rime? Teaching children about onset and rime helps them recognize common "chunks" within words. They learn about word families, which can help when learning spelling strategies. Students will be able to decode words when reading and spelling words when writing.
The Onset is the initial phonological unit of any word, For example; the b in bag or sw in swim
The term, Rime, refers to the string of letters that follow, usually a vowel and final consonants. For example the ag in bag or im in swim. Not all words have onsets.
Knowledge of phonological awareness is strongly related to reading and spelling success.
How to Use Word Puzzles:
Students cut-out the 8 letters at the bottom of the sheet. They arrange the letters (onset) around to make words with the word family (rime). All words need to make sense and no names are used. Students glue the letters in place.
Puzzles include 3 levels of difficulty.
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