Ants in my Plants
- Small potted plants or plant graphics*
- Ants graphic*
- Ants on the Plants chant*
- Ants! Ants! target text*
*Items included below
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will care for plants that have ants as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with plants, such as ants, prance, dance, and pants.
Take care of plants that have ants
- Show the children the plants or plants graphic (see below) and explain that you need help taking care of plants that have ants.
- Point out that the words ants and plants rhyme, and explain that the word prance means to take high, springy steps like a horse.
|The Teacher's Comments:||The Children's Actions:|
Look! I have ants on my plants! The ants prance on my plants. The ants prance, prance, and prance!
|Prance up and down.|
|"Shoo! Get off my plants, ants!||Make a 'shoo away' gesture.|
|Whew! The ants hopped off my plants.||Hop like ants leaping off of the plants.|
|Oh no! Now the ants are on my pants! The ants prance on my pants.||Prance around the room.|
|Shoo! Get off my pants, ants!||Brush pants.|
|Whew! The ants hopped off my pants.||Hop like ants hopping off of pants.|
The ants prance around. Ants prance, prance, and prance!
|Prance around the room.|
|Now the ants are off our pants and plants!||Wipe brow to signal being relieved.|
|Yay! No more ants! Let's dance! No more ants on the plants! No more ants on our pants! Let's dance!||Dance.|
|Prance away, ants!||Prance like ants marching away.|
- Help the children think of words from the activity that rhyme with plants, such as ants, pants, prance, and dance.
Chant about ants
- Read the Ants on the Plants chant (see below) to the children.
- Act out the chant together and point out the words that rhyme with plants.
- Let the children repeat and act out the chant, supporting as needed.
- Repeat with the Ants! Ants! target text (see below).
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 make up 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).
SEEL Target Texts
Ants on the Plants Chant
SEEL At Home
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 to go with the words.
- Read the chant again and have your child prance (take high, springy steps like a horse) when you say a word that rhymes with plants (support as needed).
- Go outside with your child and have them hunt for plants.
- When your child finds plants, look to see if there are any ants.
- Say the Ants on the Plants chant together again.
- Prance and dance together and say, "No ants on our plants!" or "Oh my! Ants on our plants!" depending on what you find in your plants.
- Tell each other words that rhyme with plants (e.g., ants, dance, prance, chance).
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.
Ants in my Plants