One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.' Listen to those fun words. Can you hear the words that rhyme? In this lesson plan, students will practice rhyming words while reading a wonderful book written by Dr. Seuss.

Lesson Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify rhyming words in text.
  • Write lists of rhyming words.


Approximately 40 minutes


  • Paper and pencil for each student
  • Copy of the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • Whiteboard, Smartboard, document camera, or other means of visual display

Curriculum Standards


Recognize and produce rhyming words.


  • Begin by simply reading the book, in its entirety, to the class. As you read, stop from time to time to make note of the rhyming words - including nonsense words that are made to rhyme.
  • Conduct a quick discussion about rhyming. Ask and discuss:
    • What does it mean when we say that words rhyme?
    • Who can give us some examples of rhyming words?
    • If I said the word 'log,' what would be a word that could rhyme with 'log?'
    • Are there any other words that rhyme with 'log?'
    • Can words have more than just one rhyme?
  • Next, on the board (or visual display of some kind), write down sample words from the book (words for which there are also rhymes). You might use words such as:
    • 'There'
    • 'Two'
    • 'Blue'
    • 'Star'
    • 'Bump'
    • 'Bed'
    • 'Mouse'
    • Any others that come to mind
    • You can also add words as you progress through a second reading of the book.
  • Tell the class that you are going to do a Rhyming Word Hunt as you read the book aloud again.
    • Read through the words that you have written on the board. Do this as a class.
    • Explain that students are to raise their hands while you read if they hear a word that rhymes with one of those on the board.
  • Read the book aloud again.
    • Read a bit slower the second time, giving students time to listen for the rhymes.
    • If needed, emphasize those words that rhyme as you read them.
    • As students raise their hands to identify rhymes, acknowledge them and let then share the words they've heard.
    • Write the words next to their rhymes on the board for students to see.
    • As you progress, if students miss any of the rhymes that you feel are important to highlight, be sure to point it out.
    • Also, be sure to make note of those nonsense words that were created specifically to rhyme with other words.
  • Once you have completed a second reading and the Rhyming Word Hunt, go back over the lists that you have created on the board to emphasize the rhymes.

Group Activity

Now that students have had practice with rhyming, continue the lesson by asking them to create their own lists of rhyming words.

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