EL Support Lesson

Learning to Rhyme

In this fun rhyming lesson plan, your ELs will practice identifying and using rhyming words in a sentence. This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Hop on Pop Rhyming Fun** lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Rhyming Fun: Hop on Pop lesson plan.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Rhyming Fun: Hop on Pop lesson plan.

Students will be able to recognize and produce simple rhymes.


Students will be able to identify rhyming word pairs using visual supports.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather the class together for a read-aloud.
  • Preview the text Llama Llama Time to Share by doing a brief picture walk with the class.
  • Introduce the concept of rhyming by saying, "When two words end in the same way, they rhyme. Listen to these two words: 'ball' and 'call.' Do you hear how they end the same? Today we will be listening for more rhyming words as we read a book about Little Llama."
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the text and pause to identify and write the rhyming words on the board (e.g., "trains," "planes").
  • After you finish reading, ask students to reflect on what happened in the story. Have students turn and talk to share with a partner what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
  • Explain that you will now re-read the story, and this time, students should listen for words that rhyme. When they hear a rhyming pair, they should clap their hands.
  • Re-read the story and pause when students clap. Note the rhyming word pairs.
(10 minutes)
  • Display the Time to Rhyme #1 worksheet and explain that students will be looking at each row and circling or coloring in the rhyming word pairs.
  • Go over the words on the worksheet to check student understanding for each vocabulary word.
  • Pass out the worksheets to each student to complete independently.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite students to join a partner and check their worksheets to compare the rhyming pairs they found.
  • Encourage students to practice using the rhyming word pairs in silly sentences with their partner.


  • Provide students with individual copies of the read aloud text to use as a reference.
  • Work with a small group of students to match additional rhyming word pairs using visual aides. Have students practice coming up with additional words.


  • Have students work with a partner to come up with rhyming word pairs to use in silly sentences.
(2 minutes)
  • Throughout the lesson, informally assess whether students can identify rhyming pairs by noting and questioning the students at work.
  • Collect student work samples to assess if students were able to accurately match rhyming word pairs.
(3 minutes)
  • Close by reviewing the concept of a rhyming pair by having students share a word that rhymes with a provided word (using pictures or objects) as an exit ticket.

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