who had the doodad?

Who Had the Doodad?

Who Had the Doodad?
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • had
  • glad
  • doodad


  • Small object 
  • Music (optional)

State and Model the Objective
The children will play a game to find a doodad as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with doodad, such as had, glad, mad, and lad.

Literacy Activities
Who Had the Doodad? game

  • Have the children sit on the floor in a circle and tell them that a doodad is a little object whose name you have forgotten.
  • Explain the rules of the game, Who Had the Doodad
    • One child will be "it" and stand off to the side, facing away from the circle. 
    • One child sitting in the circle will be given the doodad and will start passing it quietly around the circle. 
    • Play music (optional) or have the children say, "Who had the doodad?" while the doodad is passed from child to child. 
    • Stop the music or say, "Stop doodad!" and have all of the children pretend to hold the doodad in their hands, whether they have it or not. 
    • The child who is "it" will turn around and go from child to child asking, "Do you have the doodad?" 
    • When the child holding the doodad is found, that child will say, "I had the doodad!" and will be "it" for the next round. 
  • Point out that the word had rhymes with doodad.

The doodad chant

  • As a class, make up a chant using -ad words about being glad that you found the doodad (e.g., "I'm not sad. I'm not mad. I am glad because we had the doodad!").
  • March around in a circle and say the chant together.
  • Each time you say a word that rhymes with had, have the children raise their hands, clap, or stomp extra loud.

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with had

  • Remind the children of the words that rhyme with had (doodad, glad).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with had (dad, sad, lad).  
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with had (support as needed).

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., had, mad).
  • Ask the children to show you a glad face if the words rhyme and a sad face if the words do not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of words (e.g., fad, bad; tad, Chad; lad, cat; glad, dad; pad, dog; rad, sad).
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce words that rhyme with had.


  • Pictures of three people 

Activity: Who Had the Doodad?

  • Write "doodad" on three pieces of paper.
  • Place the pictures on a table and have your child close his or her eyes while you hide a "doodad" under one of the pictures.
  • Have your child open his or her eyes and guess which picture the doodad is under by saying, "He/She had the doodad!" 
  • If your child guesses correctly, then he or she gets to keep the doodad.
  • Switch roles and have your child hide a doodad under one of the pictures and have you guess who had the doodad.
  • Repeat the game until there are no doodads left.
  • Count how many doodads each person had (e.g., one doodad, two doodads, three doodads) and see who had the most doodads.
  • Remind your child that had and doodad rhyme, then take turns saying words that rhyme with had (e.g., sad, glad, rad, fad, lad).
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.