Rime Vs. Rhyme: What's the big difference?

Rimes rhyme but not all rhymes are rimes... Get it?
Rime
Rimes are word parts that refer to a spelling pattern, and rimes will rhyme.
Rimes begin with a vowel sound and end before the next vowel SOUND (not a silent vowel)
 
The bold letters are the rimes:
cat bat sat mat
 
or
 
stale male kale
 
Not all rimes come at the end of a word.
Words with multiple syllables, have multiple rimes.
For instance the word "different" has 3 rimes.
"iff" "er" "ent"
 
Rhyme 
 
Rhyme can sound the same but be spelled differently, using different rimes:
 
hey may lei
 
Just as rhyme and rime sound the same, their different spelling pattern or rime, makes them two different words.
 
So why are we talking about all of these confusing rimes and rhymes???
 
Identifying rime is part of word study. For some students, it helps to point out the spelling patterns that sound the same, and identify which ones simply rhyme when you hear them, and which ones have matching rimes when you write them. This will be important when we talk about homophones (words that sound the same but may be spelled differently, as well as words with multiple meanings) and while we learn to write multi-syllable words. Think of rimes as word parts, and breaking up words in to onset (beginning sound) and rime (spelling patterns that begin with a vowel) will make more sense.  
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