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It's Time for a Rhyme

Jolene Poppell
Polk County Schools


A Wocket in Your Pocket? Introduce rhyming skills to your students by using the Dr. Seuss favorite to begin the lesson. Students will play a rhyming game after hearing and reading [There's a Wocket in My Pocket].


The student uses repetition, rhyme, and rhythm in oral and written texts (for example, uses rhyming words orally; distinguishes between rhyming and nonrhyming words).


-[There's a Wocket in My Pocket] by Dr. Seuss, Random House
-Sample rhyme phrases (See attached file)


1. Gather materials for activity.
2. Obtain a copy of Dr. Seuss' [There's a Wocket in My Pocket].
3. Print out the attached file.


1. Read [There's a Wocket in My Pocket] by Dr. Seuss to the class.

2. Tell the class that today they are going to learn about rhyming words.

3. Explain to the class that rhyming words are words that sound the same.

4. Give them some examples: hat-cat, man-pan, etc.

5. Tell the class that you are going to read [There's a Wocket in My Pocket]again, but this time they are going to help you read the story. Explain to the students that the words can be silly words and that they donít have to make sense.

6. Begin reading the story, pausing at the end of the sentence to allow students to complete the sentence with a rhyming word.

7. Reinforce the students verbally when they have the correct word. Provide them with the correct word if they struggle.

8. Introduce the Can You Rhyme game.

9. Read several rhyme phrases aloud, emphasizing the rhyming words. Then challenge the children to complete each rhyme aloud.

10. Provide students with corrective and affirmative feedback.


Evidence: The assessment will be formative. Students will suggest words that rhyme with words presented orally by teacher.
The words will be one-syllable words (for example: cat, hat, sun, fun). The teacher will provide feedback to the students as to whether they are correct or incorrect.
Criteria: Students will be successful if they are able to complete a rhyme phrase that is read by the teacher.


ESOL/ESE students may need objects or pictures that represent the rhyming words to be used in the lesson. Students may also have to be taught the concept of same/different before teaching rhyming.

Attached Files

A list of rhyme phrases to be used in the rhyming game.     File Extension: pdf

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