Wrap a Cap


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • map
  • wrap
  • cap
  • lap
  • unwrap
  • tap
  • clap


  • Bottle caps (enough for at least two per child)
  • Various lengths and colors of string or ribbon
  • Wrap a Cap song (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will play the "Wrap-a-Cap" game and sing a song as they practice saying words that rhyme with cap.

Practice the skill within an activity

Wrap a cap

  • Have the children sit in a circle with the bottle caps placed in the middle. 
  • Teach the children the Wrap a Cap song (see below).
  • Tell the children that when you start clapping they can go to the middle of the circle and choose a bottle cap then return to their place in the circle. Clap until all the children have a bottle cap.
  • Give each child a piece of ribbon or string to wrap their caps with while you sing the Wrap a Cap song together and tell the children to wrap and put the caps on their laps before the song is over.
  • Once the song is over, have the children unwrap the string or ribbon from around their caps.
  • Clap and tell the children that they can return their bottle caps to the middle and choose new ones.
  • After the children get new bottle caps, invite them to tap their bottle caps on the desk or floor and change "wrap a cap" to "tap a cap" as they sing the song again. 
  • Point out that cap and wrap rhyme and ask what other action words the children can think of that rhyme with cap: clap, flap.
  • Clap again to allow the children to change bottle caps, then sing and act out one of the action words (the children will need two bottle caps to act out clap).
  • Repeat the activity as many times as desired.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with cap
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (cap, wrap, clap, tap).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with cap (gap, lap, map, sap).  
    • Give a child a bottle cap to hold in their lap while they think of a word that rhymes with cap.
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about map? Does map rhyme with cap?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do flap and cap rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
    • Have the child pass the cap to the child next to them, and repeat the activity until all of the children have had a turn to say a word that rhymes with cap.
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. cap, wrap).
    • 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., clap, gap; flap, map; tap, cat; nap, sap; trap, flap; snap, truck; strap, zap).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

SEEL Target Texts

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Wrap a Cap song

(to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Everybody wrap a cap.
Wrap a cap.
Wrap a cap.
Everybody wrap a cap.
The cap goes in your lap!

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


  • Bottle caps
  • Ribbon or string (a few pieces of various colors and lengths)
  • Wrap a Cap song (see below)

Activity: Wrap a Cap

  • Have your child teach you the Wrap a Cap song (see below).
  • Have each person participating choose a bottle cap.
  • With your child, think of additional action words that rhyme with wrap (e.g., unwrap, tap, clap, flap).
  • Insert one of the action words into the Wrap a Cap song and sing the song together while doing the action with the bottle cap.
  • Choose another action word and sing and act out the song again.
  • 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.