My Aunt's Plants


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • plants
  • ants
  • pants
  • prance
  • dance


  • Plants graphic or small potted plants

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will help care for your aunt's plants and practice saying words that rhyme with plants.

Practice the skill within an activity

Taking care of Aunt's plants

  • Show the children the plants or plants graphic (see below) and explain that you need help taking care of your aunt's plants and ask them to help you weed the plants (act out pulling weeds).
  • Say, "Look! There are ants on my aunt's plants!" and ask the children to help shoo the ants off the plants.
  • Exclaim, "Oh no! Now the ants are on our pants!" and pretend to brush the ants of your pants.
  • Say, "The ants are still on our pants! Maybe we can prance to get the ants off our pants," then prance with the children in a circle, saying, "Prance, prance, prance the ants off our pants!"
  • "The ants are STILL on our pants! We should try to dance the ants off our pants," then dance with the children and say, "Dance, dance, dance the ants off our pants!"
  • "Good! Now the ants are off our pants and off my aunt's plants!"
  • Have the children say, "No more ants on the plants! No more ants on our pants!" then all sit down. 
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the activity that rhyme with ants: plants, aunt's, pants, prance, dance.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with plants
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (plants, ants, dance, pants).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with plants (trance, prance).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with plants (they can duplicate words) while you write the words on the board. 
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about ants?  Does ants rhyme with plants?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do dance and plants rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
    • Giving support, have the children suggest an action to go with each word.
    • With the children, say and do the action for each word as you read them from the list.
    • Repeat the words and actions as many times as desired (add variety: fast, slow, high, low).
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. plants, ants).
    • Ask the children to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., chants, prance; glance, pants; dance, cat; rants, grants).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

SEEL Target Texts

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Aunts on the Plants Chant

The ants crawl on the plants.
The ants do a funny dance.
Look at those ants!
Get those ants off my plants.
Now I can do a dance!


SEEL At Home

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


  • Ants on the Plants chant (see below)

Activity: Looking for Ants on Plants

  • Read the Ants on the Plants chant to your child in a rhythmic way, and create actions together to go along with the words.
  • Read the chant again, and this time, have your child stomp with you whenever you say a word that rhymes with plants: ants, dance.
  • Go outside with your child and have them hunt for plants.
  • When they find some plants, look closely at the plants together to see if there are any ants on them.
  • If there are ants on the plants, join your child in saying the Ants on the Plants chant again.
  • If there aren’t any ants on the plants, do a funny dance together and say, “No ants on our plants!”
  • If it is winter or no ants are out, do the chant and a dance anyway, just for fun!
  • When you are done, find a nice spot to sit down and tell each other words that rhyme with plants (e.g., ants, dance, prance, chance).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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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.