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Summer Onset & Rime Activity

Looking for summer literacy activities? We’re heading to the beach today with this Summer Onset & Rime Activity!

With this resource, your students will work on letter sounds, syllables, building words, and much more! It’s fun, hands-on way to keep your kids learning all summer long.

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What is Onset & Rime?

Onset and Rime is the division of a syllable into two parts – the onset and the rime.

Onset: The onset is the initial consonant sound(s) of a syllable. For example, in the word “cat,” the onset is “c.” In the word “stop,” the onset is “st.” If a syllable begins with a vowel sound, it does not have an onset.

Rime: The rime is the part of a syllable that contains the vowel and any consonant sounds that follow it. For example, in the word “cat,” the rime is “at.” In the word “stop,” the rime is “op.”

Understanding onset and rime can help your preschoolers and kindergarteners with phonemic awareness and reading skills.

Getting Ready to Use the Summer Onset & Rime Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 20 Summer Onset & Rime Card Sets

What Else Is Needed:

To prepare this activity for your students to use, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

After receiving the email with the printables, download and print the cats and seashells on white card stock.

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Then, laminate the printables and cut out all of the pieces.

You may want to attach fasteners such as Velcro dots to the to the cards.

How to Use the Summer Onset & Rime Activity:

For this activity, your students will select a cat card and identify the picture on the sandcastle.

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Next, they will sort through the seashell cards to find the beginning and ending parts of the word.


Your kids will then put the two seashell cards on the sandcastle.

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If your students pick the card with the picture of a “map” on the sandcastle, for example, they will look for the two seashell cards with “m” and “ap.”

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This Summer Onset and Rime Activity is a fun way for your preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on letter sounds, syllables, building words, and more!

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More Summer Literacy Activities:

Are you looking for more summer-themed activities for your students? Check out these books and literacy resources.

Summer Books for Kids:

Share these sunny books with your preschoolers and kindergarteners to keep them learning all summer long!

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner 

I See Summer by Charles Ghigna 

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

Summer Literacy Activities for Kids:

With these themed activities, your kids will work on identifying letter sounds, sight words, and much more.

Summer Beginning Sound Puzzles

Beach Sight Words Activity

Summer CVC Cut & Paste Activity

You May Also Like The Summer Morning Tubs:

Use this set of 20+ Summer Preschool Morning Tubs to help your students review literacy and math skills!

You can also use these morning tubs for preschool to keep your students learning all summer long.

To learn more about all the activities included in this resource, click on the link or the picture below!

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