Escape the Shape


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • escape
  • shape
  • tape
  • cape


  • Masking tape
  • A cape (optional)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they are going to make and try to escape from shapes while they practice saying words that rhyme with shape.

Practice the skill within an activity

Escape from a shape

  • Before the activity, put tape down on the floor to form large shapes (i.e., circle, square, triangle).
  • Draw a circle, a square and a triangle on the board and identify each one with or for the children.
  • Tell the children to stand on the circle made with tape and join hands so they make the shape.
  • Choose one child to put on (or pretend to put on) a cape and go in the center of the shape then explain that he/she will try to escape the shape by going under the other children's arms.
  • Have all the children take 3 steps out and 3 steps in while chanting "Escape the shape! Escape the shape!"
  • When the child escapes (or after 3 tries), have the children go stand around another shape holding hands.
  • Choose another child to go in the middle and wear (or pretend to wear) a cape.
  • Repeat the activity.
  • Do the activity one more time around the last shape, then ask the children what words they heard that rhyme with shape: tape, escape, cape.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with shape
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (shape, escape, tape, cape).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with hum (grape, nape, scrape).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with shape. 
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about cape?  Does cape rhyme with shape?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do grape and shape rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. shape, tape).
    • 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., drape, cape; scrape, cat; gape, shape; scape, cow; escape, grape).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.

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Recognize words that rhyme with shape (e.g., do tape and shape rhyme) and produce rhyme words (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with shape).


  • Masking tape
  • A cape (or a towel, piece of paper, etc. - optional)

Activity: Escape the Shape

  • Use masking tape to make different shapes (i.e., circle, square, triangle) on the ground or floor. 
  • Emphasize the words that rhyme with shape as you tell your child to step on a shape's tape and then escape to another shape. 
  • Repeat activity, escaping from shape to shape, for as long as desired.
  • Have your child ask other family members (or stuffed animal or doll) to step on a shape's tape with him or her and then to escape.
  • For further play, repeat the activity as you and your child wear (or pretend to wear) capes to escape the shapes.
  • Have fun together thinking of words that rhyme with shape (e.g., tape, cape, escape, grape, scrape).


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