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

The children will help care for your aunt's plants as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with plants, such as ants, prance, dance, and pants.

Literacy Activities
Taking care of Aunt's plants

  • Show the children the plants or plants graphic and explain that you need help taking care of your aunt's plants.
  • Help the children think of words from the activity that rhyme with ants: plants, aunt's, pants, prance, dance.


Say: Do:
"My aunt needs help with weeding her plants."             Have the children pretend to pull weeds. 
"Look! There are ants on my aunt's plants!" Ask the children to help shoo the ants off the plants.
"Oh no! Now there are ants on our pants!" Have the children pretend to brush the ants off their pants.
"The ants are still on our pants! Maybe we can prance to get the ants off our pants. Prance, prance, prance the ants off our pants!" Prance with the children in a circle and chant the "Prance" sentence.               
"The ants are STILL on our pants! We should try to dance the ants off our pants! Dance, dance, dance the ants off our pants!" Dance with the children and chant the "Dance" sentence.                             
"Good! Now the ants are off our pants and off my aunt's plants!" Lead the children in acting relieved.
"No more ants on the plants! No more ants on our pants!" All sit down. 

More Practice
Say a chant about ants

  • Read the Ants on the Plants chant to the children.
  • Read the chant again, inviting the children to join in on words that rhyme with plants as you all act out the chant together.
  • Let the children act out and say the chant, supporting as needed.

Produce words that rhyme with plants

  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with plants (support as needed) as you write the words on the board.  
  • Help 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 two 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 (support as needed).
  • Repeat with other sets of words (e.g., chants, prance; glance, pants; dance, cat; rants, grants).

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 and produce words that rhyme with plants.


  • Ants on the Plants chant 

Activity: Looking for Ants on Plants

  • Read the Ants on the Plants chant to your child 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!”
  • When you are done, tell each other words that rhyme with plants (e.g., ants, dance, prance, chance).



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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.