Feed the Ram
Recognize (e.g., do ram and bam rhyme?) and produce (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with ram) words that rhyme with ram.
- Picture of a ram (see below) on a poster board (cut a hole where the mouth should be that is big enough for the picture cards to pass through)
- Plastic bag (stapled behind the ram's mouth to catch the picture cards)
- Feed the Ram song (see below)
- Picture cards (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will feed a ram food that rhymes with ram (ham, jam, yam, clam) and play games with -am words.
Practice the skill within an activity
Feed the ram words that rhyme with ram.
- Show the children the picture of a ram (see below) and explain that a ram is a boy sheep.
- Tell the children that this ram likes to eat foods that rhyme with ram.
- Sing the Feed the Ram song (see below), as you show the children the matching picture cards.
- Sing the song again (as many times as necessary) and let each child take 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 (see below) and place them where the children can see them.
- Explain to the children that "scram" means to run away quickly.
- Model for the children how to "scram", and have a few children show how they can "scram".
- Have the children sit down in a line where they can see the picture cards but they are far enough away that they can "scram" to the pictures.
- 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 whisper in their ear "Scram to the yam."
- If the child does not immediately scram to the yam, repeat the phrase and help them scram to the appropriate picture.
- Ask the children, "Where did he/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.
- Invite the children to take turns identifying that rhyme with ram from the activity, and invite them to think of more words that rhyme with ram, supporting as needed.
Play a "Bam!" game.
- Make several copies of the picture cards (see below) and cut them into separate pictures.
- Have the children sit in a circle, and place the cards in the middle of the circle.
- Tell the children that as you turn over the cards one at a time, they need to say the name of the picture.
- Explain that when a picture that rhymes with ram is turned over, they need to slap their hand on the ground and say, "Bam!"
Apply the skill
- Produce words that rhyme with ram
- Remind the children of the words they played with (ram, ham, yam, clam, jam, scram, bam).
- Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with ram (bam, lamb, cram).
- Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with ram.
- If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:
- "How about jam? Does jam rhyme with ram?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme.)
- "Do ham and yam rhyme?" (Nod your head yes.)
Recognize words that do and do not rhyme using pictures (see below).
- Lay out two pictures of words that rhyme with ram (e.g., ram, lamb) and one picture that does rhyme with ram (e.g., boat).
- State all possible word pairs and let the children help you identify the picture that does not rhyme. Remove the picture that does not rhyme with ram.
- Repeat with other sets of pictures:
- clam, cat, ham
- bird, jam, yam
- ram, ham, flowers
- clam, rock, yam
- toast, lamb, jam
SEEL Target Texts
Feed the Ram
Feed the ram ham.
Feed the ram a yam.
Feed the ram a clam.
Feed the ram jam.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.
Feed the Ram