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Identifying and Generating Rhyming Words, A Story About Fred

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Activity Type: Introduce
Activity Form: Standard
Grade: K
Group Size: Small Group, Whole Class
Length: 10 minutes
Materials: paper and coloring supplies
  • Given a spoken word, the student can say another word that rhymes with it ( "eye" -> "my" ).
  • Given a sentence, the student can identify the missing rhyming word ( "The cat slept on the ___." -> "The cat slept on the mat" ).
Items: The rhyming words in the story below.

What to do

  1. Hand out paper and coloring supplies to each student.
  2. Today we are going to listen to a story about a man named Fred. Unfortunately, the story is missing some key words. Therefore, we are going to have to figure out what those words are. Luckily, this story is filled with many rhymes, so we can figure out the missing words based on other words in the story. As we figure out the missing words, I want you to draw a picture of Fred based on what you hear.
  3. Before we begin the story, let’s review what rhymes are. Can anyone tell me what rhyming words are? Elicit responses from one or two students. Remember, two words rhyme if they end with the same sound. For example, “call” rhymes with “ball,” “stick” rhymes with “kick,” and “hair” rhymes with “share.” Can anyone think of a word that rhymes with “car”? What about “bag”?
  4. Now we are ready to begin the story about Fred. Please listen and figure out the missing words. Read the story below two lines at a time, leaving out the red words.

A Story about Fred

There once was a man named Fred.
Who had a rather large head.
(Ask: Can anyone figure out the missing word? What word rhymes with Fred? Head, good! Please draw a picture of Fred’s head. You may want to draw a picture of Fred on the board as the students draw at their desks. Feel free to label each body part for extra spelling practice as you complete the story.)
I met Fred near my old place.
He had such a friendly face.
Fred was carrying a bushel plus a peck.
The load of goods was hurting his neck.
I said, “Hello, my name is Dottie.
I’ll help take that load off your body.”
“Thank you. These goods are from those farms.
Too much to carry for my arms.”
“Apples, milk, bread and eggs—
Foods that help nourish my legs.”
I walked with Fred and his cat.
When we arrived he removed his hat.
He gave me an apple and said, “Goodbye.”
I shook his hand and winked my right eye.
The end.

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