Track the Bear Tracks


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • track
  • snack
  • sack
  • crack


  • Letter from Bear text (see below)  
  • Bear track graphics (see below)
  • Can You See a Bear Track? chant (see below)
  • Five sacks
  • Clues (see below)
  • Snacks that crack (e.g., crackers or pretzels)
  • Message from Bear text (see below)
  • Snack and sack graphics (see below—use if real are not available)

The children will follow tracks and look for a sack as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with track, such as pack, snack, back, and rack.

Practice the skill within an activity
Bear Tracks

  • Place the bear track graphics (see below) in a path around the room. 
  • Put a clue in four of the sacks and place the sacks along the path of tracks.  
  • Put the Message from Bear (see below) and some snacks that crack (or snack graphics—see below) in the last sack and hide the sack at the end of the track. 
  • Read the Letter from Bear text (see below) to the children and invite them to follow the bear tracks and look for a snack sack. 
  • Teach the children the Can You See a Bear Track? chant (see below) by saying each line and having the children echo. 
  • Lead the children in following the bear tracks and chanting the Can You See a Bear Track? chant. 
  • As each sack is discovered, have the children look inside to see if it is the snack sack. 
  • If it is not the snack sack, read the clue in the sack out loud to the children, then ask them which words in the clue rhyme with track (e.g. snack, sack, back).
  • When the snack sack is found, read the Message from Bear text to the children. 
  • Give the children some of the snacks that crack and allow them to crack the snack from the sack and eat it.

Apply the skill
Produce words that rhyme with track

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (track, snack, sack).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with track (back, crack, pack).  
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with track
  • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him or her an option:  
    • "How about rack?  Does rack rhyme with track?" (Nod your head yes) 
    • "Do lack and track rhyme?" (Nod your head yes) 

Recognize rhyming words

  • Invite the children to stand in a circle
  • Ask the children to listen for the words that rhyme with track as you lead them in chanting the Can You See a Bear Track? chant.
  • Repeat the chant and have the children clap when they say the words that rhyme with track (e.g. track, snack, sack).
  • Repeat the chant again, having the children clap at the -ack words as they march along the tracks around the room.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Letter From Bear

Dear Friends,
If you want a snack, follow my tracks. If you find a sack, look inside for a snack! The snack sack will be waiting for you somewhere along my tracks. Have fun as you crack the snack! 

A Message from Bear

Dear Friends, 
Good job! You followed my tracks.  You found the snack sack. Enjoy making this snack crack! 

Can You See a Bear Track? chant

(An echo chant) 
Can you see a bear track?
   (Can you see a bear track?)
Track, track, track, track
   (Track, track, track, track)
Follow each bear track
   (Follow each bear track)
To find a snack sack!
   (To find a snack sack!)


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with track.  


  • Bear track graphics (copy if needed) 
  • Letter from Bear (write your child's name after "Dear")
  • Follow the Bear Tracks chant
  • Sack
  • A snack 

Activity: Track the Bear Tracks

  • Make a trail with the bear track graphics around your home.
  • Read the Letter from Bear to your child and ask if he or she heard any words that rhyme with track (e.g. snack, sack
  • Have your child chant the Follow the Bear Tracks chant with you as he or she follows the tracks.
  • When you reach the end of the tracks, have your child locate the sack and open it to find the snack.
  • Take turns cracking and eating a snack and saying words that rhyme with track (e.g. crack, snack, pack, back).





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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.