Recognizing and reading rhyming words is a big part of the first grade curriculum. First grade reading games are a great way to practice rhyming words.
Students will become involved with something fun like a concentration or memory game. Choose a word family to practice such as "-at". Divide students into pairs and give each child in the pair a stack of five to seven index cards. Have each student in the class copy "-at" words selected by the teacher from the whiteboard, chalkboard, or Smartboard. For example, words might include cat, sat, mat, hat, etc. Each child should write the same words.
Once each student has written the words on index cards, have each pair combine and shuffle their cards and place them face down in rows to play memory. Students take turns flipping two cards over, reading the words on each card, and seeing if there is a match. When a match is discovered, the student keeps the cards. The student with the most matches wins.
Another fun rhyming game can be done quickly on the whiteboard or chalkboard. Divide students into two teams. Two students come up to the board. The teacher says a word such as "top" and the first student to write the word earns a point for his or her team. Subsequent words should rhyme with the first word - such as mop, hop, stop, etc. The students only need to change the beginning letters to make the correct word.