SOS: Rhyme Sign

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Rhyme Sign
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Rhyme Sign

Young children do not distinguish between play and reading and writing; it is all play. Pinnell and Fountas (2011) suggest young children are introduced to the world of literacy in joyful, engaging ways. Fun guided reading exercises with rhyming words and sign language is a great way to share in the joy of reading and writing.


  • Teach students ASL for rhyme
  • Using the first stanza of “The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson, teach students to make the rhyme sign after hearing two rhyming words:
    • I saw you toss the kites on high
    • And blow the birds about the sky;
    • [Rhyme Sign]
    • Identify rhyming words as high and sky
    • Categorize rhyming sound as ? – long “i”
    • Suggest other words to rhyme with high and sky
    • Repeat with pass and grass
    • Repeat with long and song
    • Continue with rhyming words in the next two stanzas


  • Teach your students the actions for ASL for rhyme
  • Choose a poem or song with good rhyming words and project the transcript
  • Use rhyming words in the first stanza as practice or warm-up
  • Make sure students make the rhyme sign after hearing a pair of rhyming words
  • Identify the rhyming words
  • Categorize the rhyme as long a, short a, long e, short e, etc.
  • Suggest other words to rhyme with the pair
  • Continue with remaining rhymes
  • Provide opportunity for different children to respond verbally while all children participate

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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