Rhyming words with Spheros!

Recently I wrote a blog about using ozobots in literacy. I also recently had a play with Sphero’s with my literacy group and thought I’d share the resources. This lesson was inspired by Peter Abt‘s presentation at EDUtech 2018 about using sight words – you can find that lesson on his website.

The lesson focused on making student connections between rhyming words and ending sounds. Students had looked at a text which had a variety of rhyming words and were also starting to look at poetry during their writing time. The students had to drive their sphero from a set starting point and race to the rhyming word. They worked in pairs and both students were highly engaged!


For students to have more exposure to a range of rhyming words.

NSW Syllabus Outcome 

EN1-4A – draws on an increasing range of skills and strategies to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on less familiar topics in different media and technologies

  • Identify word families and word origins to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words, eg base words, rhyming words and synonyms

Learning Intention:

I am learning to identify the meaning of unfamiliar words including rhyming words.

Success Criteria:

  • I can identify rhyming words
  • I can tell a partner why words rhyme.
  • I can match a word to a rhyming word.


You can find the rhyming words for this task here.

I printed the words in colour and we had two sessions ready to go. One lesson I used the pink words and called out the purple words and the second lesson I did the alternative. Students could also put rhyming couplets together themselves and use the spheros the next lesson.


Hopefully some other students can love this lesson as much as mine did!

If you try this lesson out feel free to tag me @angelaryall02


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