Lesson Plan

Rhyming with Sam I Am

"Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss is a favorite for children and grown-ups alike. In this lesson, your students will focus on Dr. Seuss's use of rhyming words in the story.
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Practice rhyming with a classic children’s book character in the lesson plan Rhyming with Sam I Am. This lesson helps introduce kids to the idea of words that rhyme. They will practice recognizing and identifying rhyming word pairs, like “hat” and “cat.” This resource includes a rhyming worksheet and encourages the use of pictures to help identify rhyming word pairs. The lesson highlights essential reading and writing skills and helps build up children’s phonological awareness.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize and identify rhyming word pairs.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
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  • Explain to your students that you will read a story with rhyming words, or words that have the same ending sounds.
  • Ask your students for examples of rhyming words. For example, hat and cat are rhyming words.


  • Provide pictures or objects that demonstrate rhyming words for students.
  • Have students turn and talk to share a word that rhymes with hat.


  • Play a quick class game with the students to practice identifying rhyming word pairs.
  • Display a picture or object. Then, show two more objects or pictures (one that rhymes and one that doesn't) and have students share with a partner which one rhymes.