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.").
- Black backpack or backpack graphic (see below)
- Plastic grocery sack
- Black marker or crayon
- Picture cards (see below)
- Multiple copies of the train track graphic (see below)
- Masking tape
The children they 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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Practice the skill within an activity
Zack's black backpack
- Tape the train track pieces (see below) to the floor to make a track around the room.
- If no black backpack is available, color the graphic (see below) with a black marker or crayon and attach it to a 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 -ack objects or pictures (see below).
- 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 (i.e., 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 -ack 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.
Apply the skill
Rhyme with pack
- Remind the children of the words they played with (black, pack, track, tack, sack, rack).
- Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with pack (snack, tack, jack).
- Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with pack.
- If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him or her an option:
- "How about Zack? Does Zack rhyme with pack?" (Nod your head yes)
- "Do pack and back rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
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).
- If children do not respond correctly, repeat the two words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.
Zack's Black Backpack