Zack's Black Backpack


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • black
  • jack
  • track
  • tack
  • sack
  • rack


  • Black backpack or backpack graphic
  • Plastic grocery sack
  • Black marker or crayon
  • Picture cards
  • Train track graphic
  • Masking tape

The children will help Zack pack his black backpack as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with pack, such as jack, black, rack, snack, and track.

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Literacy Activities
Zack's black backpack

  • Tape the train track pieces to the floor to make a track around the room.
  • If no black backpack is available, color the graphic with a black marker or crayon and attach it to a grocery sack.
  • Ask a child to play the role of Zack and put on the black backpack or, if using the graphic attached to a plastic grocery sack, help the child slip their arms through the handles.
  • Have the children take turns packing Zack's black backpack with objects that rhyme pack or picture cards.
  • As each object is put into the black backpack, have the children say, "Pack a ___ (e.g., rack) in the black backpack."
  • Have the children form a line and follow you along the train track around the room, making a train sound using -ack (e.g., ack-ack-ack-ack, ack-ack-ack-ack).
  • Once you get to the end of the train track have Zack unpack the black backpack.
  • As Zack stacks each object on the train track, ask the children if the object rhymes with pack.
  • Have the children repack the objects in the backpack and follow the track back to get Zack's home.
  • Repeat if desired, allowing different children to be Zack.

More Practice
Rhyme with pack

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (e.g., black, pack, track, tack, sack, rack).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with pack (e.g., snack, tack, jack).  
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with pack (support as needed).

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Invite the children to line up next to the train track that goes around the room.
  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g. pack, back)
  • Ask the children to step forward along the track and say "-ack" if the words rhyme and stay still if the words do not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., back, jack; black, sing; track, sack; snack, horse; rack, stack).



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