A Pail on a Trail


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pail
  • trail
  • tail
  • sale
  • shale


  • Farmer Dale nametag
  • Pail (or bowl)
  • Picture cards
  • Farmer Dale's Pail chant

The children will follow Farmer Dale on his trail with a pail as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with pail, such as mail, tail, sale, and rail

Literacy Activities 
Farmer Dale and his pail

  • Give six children an animal card and have those children spread out around the room.
  • Put on the Farmer Dale nametag, take the pail, and have the rest of the children line up behind you.
  • Tell the children that you are Farmer Dale, and together you will walk along a trail and feed animals that have tails.
  • Teach the children the Farmer Dale's Pail chant, then have the children walk with you to find the first child holding an animal card. 
  • Have the children recite and act out the chant as you pretend to use the pail to feed the animals that have tails. 
  • Move to the next "animal" and repeat.
  • Point out to the children that Dale, pail, and tail all rhyme and help them think of other words rhyme with pail. 

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with pail

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (Dale, pail, tail, trail).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with trail (support as needed).

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., pail, Dale)
  • Ask the children to pretend to wag their tail if the words rhyme and stay still if the words do not rhyme (support as needed).
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., tail, kale; trail, snail; whale, mail; cat; hum, sum; plum, chum; drum, truck; strum, gum).

SEEL Target Texts

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Farmer Dale’s Pail (A Chant)

Farmer Dale is on a trail, feeding animals from a pail.
He needs to feed animals that have a tail.
    (Pick up and look at a picture card)
Does a ___ have a tail? (name the pictured animal)
He will feed it from his pail.
    (If the animal has a tail, then pretend to feed that animal)


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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with trail.


  • Masking tape or string
  • Picture cards
  • Pail (or bowl)
  • Farmer Dale’s Pail chant

Activity: Pail on a Trail

  • Read the Farmer Dale’s Pail chant to your child.
  • Repeat it together again, listening for words that rhyme with pail, such as Dale, trail, pail, and tail.
  • Using masking tape or string, make a trail on the floor and lay the picture cards along it.
  • As you walk along the trail together, pick up and identify an animal card. 
  • Help your child recite and act out the chant, putting the pictured animal’s name into the chant.
  • Decide together if the animal on the card has a tail or not, and use the pail to pretend to feed the animals that have tails.
  • Repeat for each animal on the trail.

Farmer-Dale's-Pail-chantpicture cards


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