bell and shell store

Bell and Shell Store

Bell and Shell Store
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with bell (e.g., “Do bell and sell rhyme?”) and produce rhyme words (e.g., “Think of a word that rhymes with bell”).

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bell 
  • well
  • sell
  • tell
  • yell
  • shell
  • smell
  • swell


  • Things that smell (e.g., soap)
  • "Bell and Shell" store sign*
  • Pictures of nutshells*
  • Pictures of seashells*
  • Pictures of bells*
  • Nutshells and seashells (optional)
  • A bell or bells (optional)

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will run a bell and shell store as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with bell, such as shell, well, smell, yell, and tell.
Literacy Activities
Can you tell?

  • Show the children shells, bells, and things that smell (found below).
  • Point out that sell, shell, bell, and smell rhyme.
  • Highlight words that rhyme as children sort shells, bells, and things that smell (e.g., "Well, a shell!" "A bell," "A shell," "A swell bell," "I can tell, this is a shell," "Well, it is a swell shell!" "A bell is not a shell").

Yell and sell bells and shells

  • Let the children decide if they want to sell bells, shells, or things that smell.
  • Allow the children to yell and tell what they sell.
  • As a customer, ask questions and make comments that highlight -ell words:
    • "Tell me what you sell."  
    • "You sell swell shells."  
    • "Do you sell bells or shells?"  
    • "Well, you sell bells."  
    • "What swell bells!"
    • "You sell things that smell!"

Yell out words that rhyme with swell

  • Comment on pairs of words that rhyme (e.g. “Bell rhymes with shell”).
  • Have the children yell out a word that rhymes with swell, such as sell, tell, and well.
  • Ask the children if two words rhyme (e.g., “Do bell and tell rhyme?”).
  • If two words rhyme, have the children yell, “___ - ___ rhyme!" (e.g., “Well - shell rhyme!”).
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.