Suzanne J. Best Portnoy


Skill: Identifying rhyming words

Objectives: The student will be able to:

  1. Recognize word families and rhyming words
  2. Listen to and enjoy stories, poems and nursery rhymes
  3. Attempt familiar forms of writing
  4. Indentify and name common objects and pictures (ESL)


  • Recipe request forms (send to parents 1 week ahead of lesson)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – big book and several copies of student books
  • Chart paper with the story written out
  • Markers
  • Paper for sentences, dictation and illustrations
  • Volunteers for dictation
  • Rhyming picture cards
  • Word family cards
  • Assorted rhyming books
  • Recording of story (will need several copies)
  • Voice recognition software for computer center (i.e. Dragon Naturally Speaking)
  • Story board pictures
  • Poster board
  • Popsicle sticks and puppet cut-outs


The teacher will read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. She will then begin a discussion of what foods the students do and don’t like. The class will make a graph of the foods they don’t like. The teacher will read the story a second time, asking the students what they notice about the story (rhyming words). The teacher will then flip open the chart with the story on it and as she reads it a third time, invite students up to circle or underline the rhyming words as they hear them. The class will then be asked to volunteer other rhyming word pairs and the teacher will list them as the students volunteer them.


  1. Students will make up their own rhyming pairs and write a sentence for 1 of the pairs. The students will illustrate the sentences and the teacher will bind them into a class book.
  2. The students will write or dictate to a volunteer a story about a time when they tried a food they didn’t think they would like.
  3. The student will illustrate a recipe for a favorite food (parents will send in recipes a week in advance). These will be bound into a cookbook for the families.


  1. Picture Match: file folder game – match the picture to a rhyming picture
  2. Word Work: place word cards under the correct word family
  3. Big Book: students will work in pairs or groups to read the book to each other and identify the covered rhyming words (teacher will place a strip of paper over the second rhyme of each pair in the story)
  4. Library: rhyming books will be available to read
  5. Listening: listen to the recorded story or read the story to voice recognition software and then play back to hear themselves reading. Practice fluency
  6. Story board: place pictures of the events in the story in the correct order
  7. Art: make a poster to convince someone that green eggs and ham are delicious and they should try it
  8. Make puppets of Sam I am and friend. Act out the story for each other
  9. Computers: go to the website and put the puzzle pieces together: www.seussville.com/games/greeneggs/shockwave.html

Thematic Word Wall:

Make a word wall shaped like ham and eggs on a platter. Write the rhyming pairs from the story and the student suggestions on it. Introduce it to the students so they may refer to it when completing the centers


The teacher will take anecdotal notes to determine whether the students a.)Have just been introduced to the skill and need more practice, b.)Are in the process of acquiring the skill and need more practice or c.) Have mastered the skill