Rhyming Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Recognizing and creating rhyming words is a valuable skill for emergent readers. This lesson plan explains rhyming in a fun way, then allows you to practice with students. Afterwards, play a game to apply skills.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate recognition of rhyming words
  • determine whether two words rhyme or not


  • 40 minutes, including activity


  • Rhyming poems, songs, or chants
  • Sets of rhyming words

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2

Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2.a

Recognize and produce rhyming words.


  • Start the lesson by gathering students on the carpet. On the white board, easel, or a shared reading device, write the words 'cat' and 'bat.' Ask students what they notice about these words. Share and discuss answers.
  • Now tell students you will say two words and would like them to tell you what they notice. Say 'true' and 'through.' Share and discuss answers.
  • Finally, write the words 'true' and 'through' on the board and ask students what they notice. They should recognize that these words aren't spelled the same. Circle back to rhyming and tell them that rhyming words don't have to look the same but always sound the same.
  • Tell students to put on their listening ears as you read the first section of the lesson Rhyming Words: Lesson for Kids.
  • Say, ''Let's take a look at the words Molly and Jim rhymed.'' Write the rhyming pairs and read with students. Ask for other words that rhyme with these pairs and add them to the list.
  • Now read the section 'What Are Rhyming Words?' Say the words on the charts randomly, asking students to determine if they rhyme or not. Have them give a thumbs up or down to indicate their choice.
  • Next, ask students to think of when rhyming is used in their daily lives. Have them turn and talk to a partner to share ideas, then share with class.
  • Read the section 'When Do We See Rhyming Words' to your students, pausing as necessary to identify rhymes.
  • Read or display a few more rhymes, such as Mary had a Little Lamb and identify rhyming pairs. Add to your rhyme list.

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