Mare and Hare

Objective

Recognize (e.g. "Do mare and hare rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g. "What rhymes with mare?") a word that rhymes with mare.  

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • mare
  • hare
  • care
  • square
  • scare
  • share

Materials:

  • Mare and hare graphics (see below - glue to paper sacks OR sticks to make puppets)
  • 2 brown paper sacks OR 2 sticks
  • 3 square pieces of paper -laid on the floor side by side

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will help take care of a mare (a female horse) and a hare (a type of rabbit) and practice saying words that rhyme with mare and hare.
Practice the skill within an activity

The mare and hare

  • Tell and enact the following story with the paper sack puppets and the square pieces of paper. 
Say: Discuss/Do:
The mare and the hare live on a farm. Show the mare and the hare paper sack puppets.
The hare lives in a square. Put the hare on his square.
The mare lives next to the hare in her own square. Put the mare on the square next to the hare.
The hare likes to scare the mare.  Have children make scared faces.
The poor mare! Have children repeat, "The poor mare."
How can we care for the mare so the hare doesn't give her a scare? Have children respond.
Let's move the mare to the other square. Move the mare onto the square away from the hare's square.
Now the hare can't scare the mare.  Have children make happy faces. 
"Where is the mare?" asks the hare. Let children respond where the mare is. 
"I won't scare the mare. We can share a square." says the hare.  Ask children if they think the mare and the hare can share. 
Now the hare and the mare are sharing the same square.  Put the mare and the hare on the same square. 
Now the hare takes care of the mare. The hare doesn't scare the mare.  Have children say, "The hare and the mare can care and share!"
  • Read the story to the children again and have the children jump in the air each time they hear a word that rhymes with mare

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with mare
  • Remind the children of the words they played with (mare, hare, square, share).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with mare (care, bear, chair, air).  
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with mare
  • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
    • "How about stare?  Does stare rhyme with mare?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
    • "Do fair and mare rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. mare, hare)
  • Ask the children to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., lair, pair; wear, scare; there, cat; rare, flair; tear, share; dare, truck; hair, care).
  • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

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Objective

Recognize (e.g., "Do mare and hare rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g., "What rhymes with mare?") a word that rhymes with mare.  

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil

Activity: Mare and Hare

  • Ask your child to tell you the story about The Mare and the Hare (Story Summary: The mare and the hare lived on neighboring squares. The hare liked to scare the mare so the mare moved to a different square. Then the hare got lonely and missed the mare. The hare said he would take care of the mare instead of scare the mare. The mare moved back to the square by the hare. The hare and the mare now share and care for each other).
  • With your child, make up and write down a new story about the mare and the hare, using as many words that rhyme with mare as possible (e.g., scare, care, share, tear, bear, air, chair, pair, there, wear, where). 
  • When you get done writing the new story about the mare and the hare, read the story to your child. Have your child jump in the air each time he or she hears a word that rhymes with mare
  • Send the story to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Standards

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

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