Partners in Rhyme

Empowered Learner
partners in rhyme


This Turtle Diary game helps students practice listening for rhyming words, visually shows the word for matching endings, and also provides a visual for early readers. This game is a great option for independent center practice, whole group instruction, or small group instruction. The game format is slow and provides explicit explanations for students to grasp each step as well as when an answer is correct or incorrect. If students choose an incorrect answer, the game automatically gives them another try after explaining it is incorrect. There are five pages with three rhyming pairs on each page. This is a great tool for individual assessment as well.

Students will:

  • Be able to listen for rhyming words.
  • Be able to identify rhyming pairs.
  • Be able to decode simple word family words.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Select: To select something is choosing the most appropriate choice.

  2. Rhymes: Rhymes are words with sounds that corresponds to another.

  3. Incorrect: To be incorrect is to be wrong.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • View the Turtle Diary website

  • Teachers should have previously taught word families and provided exposure for words that sound the same.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have the students begin the activity on Turtle Diary.

  2. Provide whiteboard and expo markers if students need more of a visual or tactile process.

  3. Make sure your computer speakers or headphones are connected for the best game quality. 

Student Directions for this activity:

  1. Listen to each word by selecting the hearing icon before each written word.
  2. Listen to the words and select the two that sound similar.
  3. Continue to match words that rhyme until all three sets have been found.
  4. Complete this task five times to finish the game. 

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Ask students to teach one another the process of identifying rhyming words.
  • Data Collection for baseline and growth.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a. Students develop learning goals in collaboration with an educator, select the technology tools to achieve them and revise the learning process as needed to achieve the goal.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
The App can be downloaded in both the Apple Store or Google Play by visiting:

Turtle Diary


Practice reading CVC words, practice word families, listen for phonemes and identify rhyming words.

This task card was created by Lisa Cleveland, Jackson ISD, August 2020.