Mare and Hare


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Graphics
  • Two brown paper sacks

The children will help take care of a mare and a hare as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with mare, such as hare, share, care, and square.

Literacy Activities
The mare and hare

  • Glue mare and hare graphics to paper sacks to make puppets. 
  • Cut out three squares of paper to use during the story.
  • 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

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with mare

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (mare, hare, square, share).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with mare (support as needed). 

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., mare, hare) and let them decide if the two words rhyme.
    • If the words rhyme, have the children put their thumbs up.
    • If the words do not rhyme, have the children put their thumbs down.
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., lair, pair; wear, scare; there, cat; rare, flair; tear, share; dare, truck; hair, care).


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with mare.


  • Mare graphic
  • Hare graphic
  • Paper

Activity: Mare and Hare

  • Lay out several sheets of paper and hide the mare and hare graphics under two different squares of paper.
  • Take turns with your child looking under the different squares to find the mare and hare graphics. 
  • Each time one of you looks under a square, say a word that rhymes with mare, such as care, tear, lair, bear, or dare
  • When you and your child find the graphics, cheer together, “We found a (mare or hare) under there!”

mare and hare


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