Plain Chain


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • chain
  • plain
  • brain
  • rain
  • train
  • plane


  • Paper chain 
  • Picture cards 
  • Bowl or bag

State and Model the Objective
The children will decorate a plain chain as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with chain, such as plain, drain, cane, and crane.

Literacy Activities
Decorate a plain chain

  • Show the children the plain chain and explain that they will be helping to decorate it with things that rhyme with chain (e.g., train, plane, brain, rain, cane).
  • Have a child choose a picture card from the bowl and help him or her say what it is.
  • Ask the children if the picture card rhymes with chain
    • If the picture card rhymes, have the children chant phrases like, "Put the train on the plain chain!" as you tape it onto the chain.
    • If the picture card does not rhyme, have the child who chose the picture say phrases like, "A book cannot go on our plain chain!" and place the card in the discard pile.
  • Repeat until all the pictures in the bowl have been properly assigned or until every child has had a turn.
  • Hang the chain up in the classroom.

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with chain

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (e.g., chain, plain, train, rain).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with chain (support as needed).

Rhyming with picture cards

  • Lay out two pictures of words that rhyme with chain (e.g., train, plane) and one picture that does not rhyme with chain (e.g., cheese).  
  • Let the children help you identify the picture that does not rhyme.
  • Remove the pictures that does not rhyme with chain
  • Repeat with other sets of pictures:
    • train, plane, bat
    • chain, brain, boat
    • rain, cane, dog


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with chain.  


  • Strips of paper
  • Tape or stapler

Activity: Chain Train

  • With your child, make a list of all of the words you can think of that rhyme with chain (e.g., train, brain, plane, cane).
  • Help your child to write the words on his or her paper strips.
  • Take turns saying words that rhyme with chain as you build a chain with the strips of paper by linking the strips together and taping them into loops.
  • Ask your child to hold one end of the chain as you hold the other, then have your child lead you around the room like you are on a train. 
  • Look around the room to see if you can find any more words that rhyme with chain, such as drain, stain, or crane.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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