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Lesson Plans
Rhyming Sounds

CCSS Reading: Foundational Skills
  • RF.K.2a: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Materials Needed



Have students sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” aloud with you. Then ask students to sing the song aloud again and listen for words that rhyme, or sound the same at the end.


  1. After repeating the song, ask, “Did you hear any words that rhyme?” Affirm correct responses by emphasizing the like sounds in star/are and high/sky.
  2. Ask students if they can name some other words that rhyme with star/are or high/sky.
  3. Encourage them to think of as many words as they can (e.g., car, jar, far; fly, my, pie) and point out that they are changing only the beginning sounds of the words to create a new word that rhymes!

Guided Practice

  1. Hold up the three Rhyming Guide Picture Cards and ask students to identify what the pictures show (a swing, a mug, and a nail).
  2. Tape each Rhyming Guide Picture Card to the outside of a different pail and place the pails in a row on a table so that students can see them.
  3. Give each student a sheet of Rhyming Picture Cards and tell students that the pictures show items whose names rhyme with swing, mug, or nail.
  4. Have students cut apart the picture cards.
  5. Have them help you identify each of the six picture cards: whale, rug, mail, king, bug, ring.
  6. Invite students to place each picture card in the pail that is labeled with a Rhyming Picture Card. As students place their cards into the pails, encourage them to say aloud the name of the picture on the pail, as well as the name of the picture on their picture cards, to check that they hear the rhyming sound.
  7. After students have placed their picture cards into the pails, pull out each card one at a time and say the names of the pictures to demonstrate again that the words in each pail share the same ending sounds.
  8. Finally, have students suggest other words that might rhyme with swing, mug, or nail (e.g., sing/spring, hug/tug, sail/snail).

Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the Rhyming Sounds Match-Up Puzzle Cards.
  2. Challenge students to say each picture name and match it with a rhyming picture name to complete the puzzles.

the preschool–kindergarten lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)




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