Care for a Bear


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • care
  • bear
  • hair
  • fair
  • share


  • Bear graphic 
  • Yarn
  • Book: Good as New by Barbara Douglass (optional)

The children will take care of a bear as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with care, such as wear, share, pear, and hair.

Literacy Activities 
Care for a bear

  • Cut a piece of yarn about three feet long, wrap tape around one end, and tie a knot in the other end.
  • Punch holes around the outline of the bear and weave yarn through the holes.
  • Hole punch around the outline of the cardstock bears—one for each child.
  • Hold up the pre-laced bear graphic and say, "Do you like my bear? Would you like to share my bear? (Pass the bear around.) Take care not to tear my bear. Today everyone will get a chance to care for a bear."
  • Point out that share, care, and tear all rhyme with bear as you give each child a bear graphic and piece of yarn.
  • Have children lace the yarn through the holes around the bear and chant together, "Care for a bear!".
  • When they finish, have the children practice taking care of a bear by acting out the following:
    • "Comb the bear's hair."  
    • "Let the bear eat a pear." 
    • "Put the bear in my chair." 
    • "Share the bear." 
  • Ask the children what other words they heard that rhyme with care, supporting as needed.

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with bear

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (bear, care, share, hair).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with bear (pear, chair, there).
  • Have the children pass a teddy bear around a circle as they take turns saying words that rhyme with bear, supporting as needed.

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., bear, care) and help them decide if the two words rhyme or not.
    • If the words rhyme, have the children make bear "claws" in the air.
    • If the words do not rhyme, have the children keep their "claws" in their laps.
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., hair, share; wear, pear; there, cat; chair, pair; tear, dare; lair, chicken; mare, fair).


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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with bear


  • Teddy bear (optional)

Activity: Care for a Bear

  • Taking turns with your child, say words that rhyme with bear (e.g., care, share, hair, pear, chair).
  • Using a teddy bear, have your child practice taking care of a bear by acting out the following:
    • "Comb the bear's hair."  
    • "Let the bear eat a pear." 
    • "Put the bear in my chair." 
    • "Share the bear." 
  • Ask your child what other words rhyme with bear and repeat the words back to them with the word bear so that they can hear how the words rhyme (e.g., bear, fair; bear, lair; bear, stair; bear, dare).


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