Tap Clap Rap

Tap Clap Rap
Target text


Read and write words that end in –ap.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • rap
  • tap
  • cap
  • clap
  • flap
  • slap


  • A cardstock or real caps (optional)
  • Tap Clap Rap target text
  • Word blending cards
  • Tap Clap Rap with missing –ap endings target text

The children will learn a rap called Tap Clap Rap, with actions that go with it as they read and write words ending with –ap such as lap, cap, sap, and rap.

Literacy Activities
Tap Clap Rap

  • Have the children sit in a circle.
  • Teach the children the words and actions of the Tap Clap Rap target text.
  • Let the children take turns being at the center of the circle while everybody says the rap and does the actions.

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

Write target words

  • Give each child a copy of the Tap Clap Rap with missing –ap endings. Have each child fill in the –ap endings on their copy.

Read target words in a text

  • Have the children read the –ap words after they have been written (support where necessary by sounding out the beginning sounds and letting the children say the –ap ending).
  • Read the whole rap together.
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SEEL Target Texts

Tap Clap Rap

Tom* in the middle and tap, tap, tap.
Hands up high and clap, clap, clap.
Arms out wide and flap, flap, flap.
Now give your lap a slap, slap, slap!
Tap, tap, tap
Clap, clap, clap
Flap, flap, flap
And slap, slap, slap.
Tap, tap, tap
Clap, clap, clap
Now Amy* in the middle for a Tap Clap Rap!
*Replace the names Amy and Tom with the names of the children in the middle of the circle.
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words ending in -ap words in controlled texts (e.g., tap, flap).


  • Tap Clap Rap text
  • Cap (optional)
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Tap Clap Rap

  • Have your child teach you and, if possible, other family members or friends the Tap Clap Rap words and actions.  
  • Stand in a circle and take turns being the person in the middle while everybody performs the Tap Clap Rap. The person in the middle can wear the cap.
  • Have your child make a rap poster by writing some of the rap words on a paper and decorating it 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.