Lesson plan

Rhyming Words for Pre-K

Get your students ready to read by practicing rhyming words. Engage your class by introducing families of easily identifiable rhyming words.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to identify and say rhyming words with the endings –at, -og and –ish.

(10 minutes)
  • Have your students seated at their desks or on a mat.
  • To motivate and activate your students, tell them that they will be learning about rhyming words, which are words that have the same ending sounds. Ask for examples of words that rhyme. For example, potential discussion questions include: What rhymes with bat? How do you know?
  • Ask your students to identify the pictures that you will show them.
  • Show the students a picture of a fish, a dish, a log, a frog, a dog, a hog, a cat, a hat, and a mat.
  • Have them raise their hands if they know the answers.
(10 minutes)
  • Attach the picture of the cat to the whiteboard.
  • Make a list of the following words on the board: fish, dish, log, frog, dog, hog, mat, hat, and fat.
  • Point to each word and read it aloud. Have your students repeat the words after you.
  • Ask your students which words rhyme. For example: What does cat rhyme with? Have them refer to the pictures to answer.
  • Show your students similar endings in words by underlining the –at in cat, mat, hat, and fat.
(10 minutes)
  • Select a student to come up to the whiteboard.
  • Give that student the picture of a fish.
  • Ask the class to look at the words written on the whiteboard, and have them raise their hands if they know which word rhymes with fish.
  • Repeat steps 1-3 using various images from the list.
(10 minutes)
  • Have your students work independently at their desks.
  • Provide them each with the Rhyming Words worksheet.
  • Read the instructions to your students, and have them complete the worksheet independently.
  • If your students need support, have them draw pictures of words that rhyme next to the pictures on the worksheet.
  • Enrichment: Give your students a typed list of words and some cut out words that rhyme with the words on the list. Have them paste the cut out words next to the correct rhyming word on the list.
  • Support: Only introduce the –at family of words. Have your students sound out each letter in the words, and assist the student in blending the words.
(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the classroom, and complete a mini-conference with each student.
  • Randomly give each student a word from the vocabulary list, and ask each person to identify a word that rhymes. For example, show a picture of a dish, and have your student produce a real word that also ends in -ish.
(5 minutes)

Separate the class into two, and have the teams compete to see which group can say these the fastest.

  • Fish rhymes with dish or wish.
  • Cat rhymes with fat, mat or hat.
  • Dog rhymes with hog, log or frog.

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