- RHYMING LESSON PLAN
• A rhyming picture book. Some great book suggestions:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? (by Bill Martin Jr.)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (by Bill Martin Jr.)
The Three Bears Rhyme Book (by Jane Yolen)
Those Can-Do Pigs (by David M. McPhail)
• Rhyming picture cards printable
• Pocket chart and index cards
• Plastic baggies
• Crayons, pencils and scissors
Modifications for English Language Learners
This lesson can be done as a teacher-led center (hands-on, small group
activity) in which plenty of teacher assistance will be provided. The
rhyming cards use pictures as well as words to help students make the
Ask students what rhyming words are (words that have the same ending
sounds). Tell students to touch their nose when they hear words that rhyme.
Words: (cat, hat) (see, be) (mix, cap) (do, at) (hip, dip)
Assess students' understanding of rhyming.
Do a read aloud with a rhyming picture book. Start with a picture walk and
have students predict the story's main characters, setting and events. Have
students read the title, author's name and illustrator's name.
Now read the story and encourage students to say the predictable/repetitive
phrases with you. Pause at the end of a rhyming stanza to see if students
can predict which rhyming word comes next.
Tell the students that we will read the book once more. Remind students that
this picture book has rhyming words in it. Students will be the rhyme
detectives and must touch their nose when they hear two or more words that
When students touch their nose, stop reading and ask students to identify
the words that rhyme. Write each of these words on index cards and place
them in the pocket chart.
When you are finished reading the story, you should have plenty of rhyming
word cards in the chart. Pull out all of the cards, mix them up and place
them back in the chart. Call up students to find the rhyming words and then
have them stand in front of the classroom holding their pair of cards.
When all of the pairs have been found, have each student at the front of the
class read their pair of rhyming words with the rest of the class.
Tell students that they will now have a chance to make and play their own
rhyming game. Pass out the rhyme cards printable and ask students to color,
trace and cut out the cards. Pass out baggies for students to store their
Ways to play the game:
• Students can play in pairs or independently during centers, mixing up the
cards and finding rhyming pairs.
• Students can also write down their rhyming pairs on the Record a Rhyme
worksheet to turn in (great evidence of learning).
• Students can play the game like Memory, turning over and mixing up the
• Students can take the cards home to practice rhyming on their own.
Say one rhyming word and point to students in the class to tell you a word
that rhymes with it.
• Post rhyming words all over the classroom and give students magnifying
glasses, clipboards and the Record a rhyme worksheet (see printable).
Students will do their best to find words that rhyme on word walls, in
books, on posters, etc. They can then record rhyming word pairs.
• As students begin to read, copy the rhyming cards printable with the
pictures covered up. Have students make and play the game only using the
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