Rhyming Poems: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Did you know that words and poems can rhyme? In this lesson, you will learn how to create and use rhyming words in your very own special rhyming poems. So come aboard and let's get going, there is so much to learn and start knowing!

Rhyme, Thyme, Lyme, ...

It's time to start and do your part! Rhyming poems you will see, and a rhyming poem writer you will be! Before we learn all about rhyming poems, we need to talk about the word rhyme! When you are rhyming, you are saying words that sound the same by having same ending. Let's think of some words that rhyme! What about the words 'start' and 'part'? Do they rhyme? They sure do! This is because the have the same ending, which is 'art'. Say those word out loud and and you will hear how they rhyme! For another awesome example, the words 'be' and 'see' rhyme. Guess why?! Did you say them out loud? They rhyme because they also have the same ending. This ending is just a simple 'e'. The rhyming words in the picture are only a few of the many rhyming words in our English language.

What Rhymes?
Rhyming words

Words Have Families!

An easy way to tell if words rhyme is to see if they are in the same word family! A word family is a list of words that all have the same ending. Word families are a great way to help you think of rhyming words to use in your rhyming poems!

Word Families
Word families

All About Rhyming Poems

Yes, it is time to talk about rhyming poems! Rhyming poems are poems that do exactly as they say, rhyme. So now that you are a rhyming expert, let's put your rhyming words in a poem. There are 3 types of rhyming poems that you can write. Let's take a look at each one!


Couplets are short and silly rhyming poems. They have two lines, and the last words rhyme.

I saw a mouse, he ate a whole house.


Triplets are rhyming poems that have three lines. If the last word in each line rhymes, the pattern is called AAA. If the last word in only the first and third lines rhyme, the pattern is called ABA. Let's take a look!

AAA Rhyming Pattern

I went outside one day,

to my friend's house to play

and we both ran down to the bay.

ABA Rhyming Pattern

My mom came into my room

and she shouted at me

go get the broom.

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