Rhymes 'n Rhythms
A reproducible teachers'
resource of 32 Rhymes
by: Lisa Tenuta
Levels: Beginner to
Intermediate. Middle School to Adult.
Rhymes 'n Rhythms
includes 32 new and original rhythmic rhymes for reading and saying aloud in the
classroom. The rhymes progress from shorter and easier rhymes that focus on
questions, places, and time, to longer more lexically challenging topics such as
color, clothing, the body, occupations and food.
These Rhymes 'n Rhythms can be used to reinforce vowel sounds. The
very regular and rhythmic lines are excellent for working on stress, intonation,
reduction, linking and assimilation of individual English sounds.
importantly, these rhymes are enjoyable! They are light, catchy and playful.
Three actors on the tape bring out the natural rhythms and humor of the
In the text are teaching suggestions and language notes for each rhyme to
encourage the teacher to go beyond simple choral work.
Practice Rhyme x
1: Questions 2
1.1 Questions, Questions 2
1.2 Only Questions, Please
1.3 Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How 6
1.4 Questions and Answers
2: Places 10
2.1 Around the World 10
2.2 Loads of Languages 12
Where's My Hat? 14
2.4 In, Out, On, and Off 16
2.5 My Favorite Place
3: Time 20
3.1 Around The Clock 20
3.2 Telling Time 22
3.3 Our Day
4: Descriptions 26
4.1 Attractive Opposites 26
4.2 Adjectives, Adjectives!
4.3 Strange Scenes 30
4.4 Before My Eyes 32
4.5 What's It Like?
4.6 The Rainbow 36
4.7 Crazy Clothes 38
5: The Body 40
5.1 Move Your Body 40
5.2 From Head to Toe 42
Eyes to See 44
6: Doing Things 46
6.1 You Can Do Anything 46
6.2 Things I Like to Do
6.3 Different Likes 50
6.4 The Things That People Do 52
7: Food 54
7.1 What'll Ya Have? 54
7.2 In a Diner 56
7.3 In a Deli
7.4 In a Fancy Restaurant 60
7.5 Another Meal Out 62
Brief Note on Pronunciation 64
Index of Grammatical Features and Topics 66
Index of Vowel Rhymes 67
What Teachers Say
Two email notes we received recently from Deborah
1. Subject: Great book!
Dear Pro Lingua folks,
I have a ton of catching up to do from being at the
NJTESOL conference this week, but I've been noodling around instead, enjoying
Rhymes and Rhythms. What a fun book! I've never been a big Jazz Chants fan, but
this stuff I like. I got inspired to rewrite the Questions, Questions poem for a
work site class I'm teaching. All of the students are married and
have kids, all live in houses and many of them like to garden. They've been
having trouble with do and does questions so after we play around with the
rhyming, I think I'll have them find the verbs and then tease out that "be"
verbs don't use do and does.
How do you do? And how are you?
I speak English. And do you?
you from? What's your name?
Do you want to play the question game?
What do you like? Do you like books?
Do you like to sing? Do you like to
Do you like fruit juice, coffee or tea?
Do you like to bicycle,
swim, or ski?
Do you have children and a spouse?
Do you have pets? Do you live in a
Are there sunny rooms and stairs to climb?
Is your house quiet in
Do you have a garden? What do you grow?
Is there a lawn with grass to
Are there trees and flowers, too?
Do you have neighbors and a pretty
What do you think of the question game?
"Do" and "be" questions are not
Adapted from: "Questions, Questions," in: Tenuta, L. Rhymes and Rhythms.
2001, p. 3.
Thanks for the idea! Now back to those piles, lesson plans, etc.
2. Subject: You've ruined me...
OK, you guys have totally ruined me :>). I've been noodling
around with poems ever since I opened the Rhymes book. Tough on getting work
done, but a lot of fun. The poem I sent you earlier was a huge success. First I
went over vocabulary and I said it for them. Then I had them say it to the beat
several times. I was surprised by how much they liked it. Then I had them pick
the questions that they wanted to answer and had them write responses. They want
So here's the latest installment, with a list of rhyming words from a rhyming
dictionary I have. I'm planning to have them try writing a few verses next week.
Thanks again for a great book!
DO YOU DANCE?
Do you dance?
Does he dance?
Do cats dance in short pants?
Does she see?
Do bees see?
Do you see the bumblebee?
Does it walk?
Do we walk?
Do dogs walk around the block?
Do they swim?
Does he swim?
Do seals swim and sing a hymn?
Does she dream?
Do cows dream?
Do they dream about ice cream?
Do they write?
Does she write?
Do students write without a light?
Do mice stop?
Do they hop?
Do they stop and take a hop?
Does it fly?
Do they fly?
Do birds fly up in the sky?
Does it stand?
Do trees stand?
Do they stand upon the land?
Does she know?
Do we know?
Do goats know how to mow?
Does he run?
Do tigers run?
Do they run to have some fun?
Does she ask?
Do workers ask?
Do they ask about the task?
SOME WORDS THAT RHYME
grab, crab, taxicab, stab, jab, lab
race, place, lace, face, chase, replace, staircase
stack, snack, rack, lack, back, pack, kayak, attack,
add, bad, dad, mad, pad, sad
drag, nag, snag, bag, flag, tag
rain, strain, plane, brain, drain, pain, plain, train
share, pear, dare, mare, chair, hair, bear, scare, tear,
bake, make, shake, cake, lake, snake, break, steak,
mail, sail, pail, nail, rail, tail, whale, tale, jail, fail, sale
fall, ball, mall, doll, crawl, hall, tall, wall, call, baseball
bark, shark, mark, park