meal for a seal

Meal for a Seal

Meal for a Seal
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with seal (e.g., "Do meal and seal rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with seal").

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • eel
  • seal
  • meal
  • heel
  • peel
  • real
  • wheel


  • Paper plates 
  • Rhyme picture cards*
  • Non-rhyme picture cards*
  • Fish picture cards*
  • Picture of a seal*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will learn about what a seal eats for a meal and practice saying words that rhyme with seal, such as realmeal, and eel.

Literacy Activities
A seal's meal

  • Have the children sit in a circle, give each child a picture card (found below), and have them tape it on a paper plate.
  • Tell the children that most seals like to eat fish for their meals.
  • Go around the circle and have each child hold up their plate one by one. 
  • Guide the children in identifying what is on each picture card and determining whether or not it rhymes with seal
    • If the child's meal rhymes with seal (e.g., wheel), have the other children say, "Wheel rhymes with seal."
    • If the child's meal doesn't rhyme with seal (e.g., fish), have the children say, "That's a real seal meal!"
  • Collect and review each "meal" on the plates and have the children bark like a seal when they hear a word that rhymes with seal (e.g., peel).

Practice rhyming

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (e.g., seal, wheel, meal, eel, heel).
  • Ask each child to think of another word that rhymes with seal (support as needed). 

Recognize rhyming words

  • Have the children walk around in a big circle and listen as you say words that do or do not rhyme with seal (e.g., heel, wheel, fish, reel, peel, pig). 
    • When the children hear a word that rhymes with seal (e.g., heelwheel) have them clap like a seal.
    • When the children hear a word that doesn't rhyme (e.g., fish) have them sit silently in place.
  • Repeat as many times as desired. 
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with seal.

  • Picture cards*

*Items included below. 

Activity: A Meal for Seal

  • Help your child identify the pictures on the picture cards (found below), then take the "seal" card out of the stack.
  • Mix up the remaining cards and place them in a stack, face down, next to the "seal" card.
  • Take turns turning over a card from the stack, saying what it is, and then placing it on the "seal" card if it rhymes with seal or putting it aside if it doesn't rhyme with seal.
  • When you get through the stack, go through the seal-rhymes stack together with your child and identify all the cards by saying, "____ rhymes with seal!"
  • Help your child think of more words that rhyme with seal and clap your hands like a seal each time he or she succeeds. 


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