A Bank For Frank


Recognize words that rhyme with bank (e.g., do clank and bank rhyme?) and produce rhyme words (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with bank).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bank
  • blank
  • thank
  • clank
  • Frank
  • yank


  • Cup (with a blank piece of paper attached)
  • Bank word strips
  • Frank nametag (optional)
  • Pennies (real or pretend - at least 1 for each child)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will play with Frank and his bank and practice saying words that rhyme with bank.

Practice the skill within an activity

Frank and his bank

  • Assign a child to be Frank and have them wear a Frank nametag (optional).
  • Tell and act out the story below, inviting the children to listen for words that rhyme with bank (i.e. Frank, blank)
  • After the story, ask the children what words they heard that rhyme with bank
  • Repeat as desired, letting other children be Frank.
Story: Suggested Actions:
Frank has a bank. This is Frank's bank. There's nothing on Frank's bank. Frank's bank is blank. Show the children the bank (cup filled with pennies) with the blank paper on it. 
Let's write "bank" on Frank's bank.  Write "bank" on the bank's paper and read it to the children. 
Now Frank has a bank that isn't blank. The bank says, "bank."   Have Frank give pennies to the children. Tell the children to say "Thank you, Frank!" as they receive their money,
Let's clank our pennies into Frank's bank.  Children say, "clank!" as they put pennies in the bank.
Frank wants his bank. He wants to yank the bank.  Children say, "Frank, please don't yank the bank!"
Frank won't yank. Frank will thank you. You made money clank in Frank's bank.  Have Frank say, "Thank you for the clank in my bank."

Make a bank like Frank

  • Give the children a cup to make their own pretend bank that they can take home.  
  • Let the children decorate their cup then tape the word bank (see below) to it.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with bank
    • Have the children stand in a circle with their banks.
    • Go around the circle asking each child to tell you a word that rhymes with bank and putting a penny (real or pretend) in their bank when they do.
      • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
        • "How about tank?  Does tank rhyme with bank?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
        • "Do Frank and bank rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)


SEEL At Home

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


  • Pennies
  • Cup (with “Bank” written on or taped to it) 
  • Small slips of paper
  • Pencil

Activity: Clank in the Bank

  • Have your child leave the room while you hide the pennies, then let your child back in to search for them. 
  • Chant, “Clank, clank, bank” as he or she searches, progressively getting louder as your child moves closer to where the pennies are hidden.
  • Once your child finds the pennies, have him or her drop them into the bank saying, “clank” each time.
  • Each of you can take turns hiding or searching for the pennies.
  • Together, think of words that rhyme with bank and you write them on slips of paper.
  • Have your child clank them into the bank as he or she says each word (with support as needed).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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