grab like a crab

Grab Like a Crab

Grab Like a Crab
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • grab
  • dab
  • crab
  • jab


  • Paper 
  • Crab stencils 
  • Tongs, clothespins, or tweezers
  • Q-tip, sponge, or brush 
  • Sand or beans
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Rhyming cards 
  • Grab Like a Crab target text 

Tell the children that they will grab like a crab as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with crab, such as grab, dab, cab, tab, and lab

Literacy Activities
Grab and dab to make a crab

  • Have the children use tongs, clothespins, or tweezers like crab claws to grab a piece of paper and lay it on their workspaces.
  • Let the children each grab a crab stencil and place it on their paper.
  • Allow the children to use their tongs to grab a Q-tip, brush, or marker to dab paint (or marker) inside the crab stencil. 
  • As the children dab on the crab, comment using words that rhyme with jab (e.g., “dab like a crab;” “dab on the crab;” “jab and grab rhyme”).  
  • Have the children lift the stencil from the paper to reveal the crab they made. 

More Practice
Chant or sing a rhyming text

  • Display the Grab Like a Crab target text large enough for children to easily see. 
  • Chant or sing the text to the tune of “Frère Jacques” for the children, as you point to each word in a left to right sequence.
  • Invite the children to chant or sing their line at the appropriate time as you chant or sing the text again.
  • Comment on words in the text that rhyme with crab, such as how grab and crab rhyme and dab and crab rhyme.

Jab like a crab

  • Bury word cards in real or pretend sand (e.g., beans).
  • Use the pretend crab claw to show how crabs make little jabs and stabs in sand.
  • Let the children use their crab claws to jab and stab into pretend sand to find a word card. 
  • Read the cards the children find and invite them to say a word that rhymes with the word on the card.
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SEEL Target Texts

Grab Like a Crab

(to the tune of "Frere Jacques")
Teacher:  Grab like a crab.
Children:  Grab like a crab.
Teacher:  Grab and dab.
Children:  Grab and dab.
Teacher:  Dab to make a crab.
Children:  Dab to make a crab.
Teacher:  Dab a crab.
Children:  Dab a crab.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.