Run Around the Roses


  • Recognize and/or produce the /r/ sound in phrases or a series of words that all begin with /r/. 
  • Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness. 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • red
  • rose
  • roll
  • run


  • 2–3 paper or plastic roses (see below)
  • Run Around the Roses song (see below)
  • Rosie's Roses by Pamela Duncan Edwards (optional)

The children will run around and sing about red roses while listening for words that start with the /r/ sound, such as roll, run, rose, and ride.

Practice the skill within an activity
Run around the roses with actions

  • Read Rosie's Roses by Pamela Duncan Edwards to the children (optional).
  • Have the children stand in a circle and put the roses in the middle of the circle.
  • Teach the children the Run Around the Roses song (see below).
  • After the children have learned the song, have them sing it while running around the roses on the floor.
  • As a group, make a list of different actions that start with the /r/ sound on the board (e.g., reach, roll, ride). 
  • Replace the word run in the Run Around the Roses song with some of the R actions written on the board.
  • Sing the new versions of the song while performing the corresponding actions around the roses.

Apply the skill
Identify the target letter

  • Sing the Run Around the Roses song again as a group, telling the children to clap whenever they hear a word that begins with the /r/ sound.

Tap out sounds in words

  • Have children identify the onset (beginning sound) and rime (the vowel and ending sounds) of words by tapping their head (onset) and their toes (rime) (e.g. red = /r/ tap head, /ed/ tap toes). Point out that all of the words begin with the /r/ sound.
    • red = /r/ /ed/
    • rat = /r/ /at/
    • round = /r/ /ound/
    • roll = /r/ /oll/
  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by the by tapping their head (beginning), and toes (end) and then clapping to say the whole word (e.g. /b/ tap head, /ag/ tap toes = bag clap hands)
    • /r/ /ed/  = red
    • /r/ /at/ = rat
    • /r/ /ound/ = round
    • /r/ /oll/= roll

SEEL Target Texts

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Run Around the Roses (to the tune of "Ring Around a Rosy")

Run* around the roses, 
Red, red roses, 
Roses, roses, 
We all run* round! 
*replace word with different R action word for each round


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce the /r/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /r/.


  • Picture cards

Activity: /r/ Remember

  • Lay the cards face down in columns and rows.
  • Take turns choosing two cards to turn over in search of a match.
  • If a match is not made, turn the cards back over so they are face down.
  • When a person gets a match, have him or her say, "I remember r___ and r___ (insert name of picture card)." When all the matches have been found, the person with the most matches wins.
  • After all of the matches have been found, point to each match and say together, "We remembered r___, r___, r___, etc."



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