Feed the Ram


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ram
  • jam
  • ham
  • yam
  • clam
  • scram
  • bam


  • Ram graphic
  • Plastic bag 
  • Picture cards 
  • "Feed the Ram" song

The children will feed a ram food like jam as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with ram, such as ham, jam, yam, and clam.

Literacy Activities
Feed the ram words that rhyme with ram.

  • Cut a hole in the ram graphic where the mouth should be that is big enough for the picture cards to pass through.
  • Staple a plastic bag behind the ram's mouth to catch picture cards. 
  • Show the children the picture of a ram (a boy sheep) and tell the children that this ram likes to eat foods that rhyme with ram.
  • Sing the "Feed the Ram" song as you show the children the corresponding picture cards.
  • Repeat the song to let each child have a turn putting one of the picture cards into the ram's mouth. 

Play a "Scram!" game.

  • Identify the pictures of a clam, jam, ham, yam, and ram and place them where the children can see them.
  • Explain to the children that "scram" means to run away quickly and then demonstrate how to "scram" for the children. 
  • Tell the children they will each get a turn to scram to a picture card that rhymes with ram.
  • Have one child stand up, and tell them to scram to one of the words that rhyme with ram (e.g., "Scram to the yam."), supporting as needed. 
  • Ask the children, "Where did he or she scram?" and help the children answer, "To the yam!"
  • Repeat, changing the word for each child until all the children have had a chance to scram.

Play a "Bam!" game.

  • Make several copies of the picture cards.
  • Have the children sit in a circle, and place the cards in the middle.
  • As you turn over one card at a time, help the children name the picture then slap their hand on the ground and say, "Bam!" if it rhymes with ram.

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with ram

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (ram, ham, yam, clam, jam, scram, bam).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with ram (support as needed).

Recognize words that rhyme using pictures 

  • Lay out two pictures of words that rhyme with ram (e.g., ram, lamb) and one that does not (e.g., boat).
  • Let the children help you identify the picture that does not rhyme (support as needed). 
  • Repeat with other sets of pictures:
    • clam, cat, ham
    • bird, jam, yam
    • ram, ham, flowers
    • clam, rock, yam
    • toast, lamb, jam

SEEL Target Texts

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Feed the Ram

This is a big ram who likes to eat ham.
I don't know why he likes to eat ham.
Feed the ram ham.
This is a big ram who likes to eat a yam.
I don't know why he likes to eat a yam.
Feed the ram a yam.
This is a big ram who likes to eat a clam.
I don't know why he likes to eat a clam.
Feed the ram a clam.
This is a big ram who likes to eat jam.
I don't know why he likes to eat jam.
Feed the ram jam.



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