ten pens

Ten Pens
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pen
  • ten
  • hen
  • when


  • White butcher paper
  • Ten pens

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will find ten pens as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with ten, such as hen, pen, and when.
Literacy Activities
Hide ten pens

  • Hide ten pens throughout the classroom. 
  • Explain that ten and pen rhyme and that the children need to look for ten pens. 
  • When all ten pens are found, have the children that found the ten pens hide them while the other children close their eyes.
  • After the ten pens are hidden, have the remaining children look for the pens. 
  • Count the pens with the children once they all have had a turn to find the ten pens.
  • Say, “How many pens do we have? Ten pens!” 
  • Ask the children to think of a word that rhymes with pen each time you hold up a pen, such as then, hen, when, and den, supporting as needed.

Draw something that rhymes with pen

  • Have each child take a turn drawing something that rhymes with pen on the large butcher paper. Give the children ideas of what to draw (e.g., pen, number ten, den, men).
  • Have each child point to their drawing and say what word they drew while you label their picture and emphasize that “___ rhymes with pen!”
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with ten.


  • Ten pens
  • Paper 

Activity: Ten Pens 

  • Hide ten pens around a room for your child to find. 
  • Have your child search for the ten pens. 
  • After they are found, count the pens together. 
  • Together with your child, think of a word that rhymes with ten to go with each pen (e.g., ten, hen, men) and draw pictures of the words you came up with.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.