rap a tap tap

Rap a Tap Tap

Rap a Tap Tap
Target text


Read and write words ending in –ap.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • rap
  • tap
  • clap


  • Mr. Bojangles puppet and brass fasteners (optional)
  • Rap a Tap Tap rap target text
  • Word blending cards 
  • Sentence strips 
  • Word cards
  • Rap a Tap Tap by Leo & Diane Dillon (optional)

The children will get to rap while they read and write words ending in –ap such as cap, sap, tap, and lap.

Literacy Activities
Rap a Tap Tap

  • Explain to the children that rap is a form of music using spoken words that adds rhythm to words that rhyme.
  • Read Rap a Tap Tap by Leo & Diane Dillon (optional).
  • Rap the Rap a Tap Tap rap with the children, clapping hands to emphasize the rhythm.
  • Teach the children the words to the rap, this time tapping feet to emphasize the rhythm.
  • Repeat the activity as desired, using other body parts to tap out the rhythm.
  • If desired, use the Mr. Bojangles puppet to tap out the rhythm of the rap.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
    • rap tap; lap cap; nap gap
    • rap rip; tap tip; cap cup
    • lap lad; map mat; rap ram

Read target words

  • Display the sentence strips to the children, and distribute one word card to each child. 
  • Ask individual children to read their word to the group, then match it to the same word in a sentence strip.  

Write target words

  • Have the children generate a list of –ap words and write them on the board.
  • Have each child write about the activity they just did, using as many –ap words from the board as they can.
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SEEL Target Texts

Rap a Tap Tap

Let’s do a little rap,
A rap, tap, tap.
Do a little rap.
Just think of that!
A rap, tap, tap,
And a rap, tap, tap.
Rap a tap, rap a tap,
Just like that!
*Emphasize bolded words by clapping hands or tapping feet.
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SEEL At Home



Read and write -ap words (e.g., tap, rap, clap).


  • Rap and Dance words and instruction sheet
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons/markers

Activity: Rap a Tap Tap

  • Help your child practice the Rap a Tap words and make up a dance to go with it if desired.  
  • Have your child perform the rap for family or friends.
  • Have your child teach different family members and friends the rap and dance (optional).
  • Make a poster with your child by helping him or her write some of the rap words on a piece of paper. Decorate the poster with pictures.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.