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Onset and Rime Roll-a-Word Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 7 pages | Grades: K - 1

Build real and nonsense words by blending onsets and rimes with an onset-rime dice roll literacy game

Have your students put together onsets and rimes with a fun and exciting game of Onset-Rime Roll-a-Word! 

Teaching onset and rime becomes playtime with this activity, in which students build words using onsets and rimes.

Master Reading through Play with Onsets and Rimes 

This resource can be used as a reading center activity for fast finishers, with your guided reading group, or as a whole class activity to practice forming words by blending onsets and rimes. 

Onset-Rime Reading Game Assembly and Use

  1. Print copies of the onset-rime cubes and assemble them before setting up your reading station. For durability, it is recommended that these be printed on cardstock.
  2. Print a two-sided copy of the word recording sheet for each student participating in the center.
  3. Students will roll both dice simultaneously and record the onset and rime on their recording sheet.
  4. Students will then blend the onset and rime, write the word formed, and decide if the word is a real word or a nonsense word.
  5. Students can compete against each other by giving themselves a point for each “real” word they can make.

Turn This Activity into Even More Onset and Rime Games!

We think you’ll like these extra opportunities for blending onsets and rimes.

Word Families

Students can practice their word families. Have students take a sheet of paper and write other words that use the same rime as a word that they formed during the activity.

Check out more reading center activities here! 

Onset-Rime Awareness Scaffolding & Extension Tips

Once students have built all of the words, encourage them to add them to a personal word wall or student dictionary, use them in sentences, or reset the slides and play again!

Invite students to use a visual reminder such as an onset & rime anchor chart or an alphabet chart to sound out difficult words.

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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