stash the trash


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bash
  • dash
  • stash
  • trash
  • clash
  • smash


  • Crumpled newspaper pieces
  • Empty trash can
  • Stash the Trash chant*

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective

Tell the children that they will stash and smash trash as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with trash, such as bash, dash, splash, and smash.

Literacy Activities
Stash the trash

  • Spread trash (e.g., crumpled paper) across the floor and have the children dash around to smash and stash trash as you highlight the words that rhyme (e.g., trash, smash, stash, clash, bash, dash).
  • Have the children march in place to the Stash the Trash chant (see below).
  • Sing the song and march around as everyone cleans up the trash. 

More Practice
Recognize rhyming words 

  • Repeat a set of two words (e.g., stash, trash).
  • Ask the children to show thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of words (e.g., dash, smash; gash, cash; rash, cat; hash, sash; lash, splash; crash, truck; mash, clash). 

Produce words that rhyme with trash

  • Ask the children to think of a word that rhymes with trash with support (e.g., “Think of a word that rhymes with trash.  How about dash? Do dash and trash rhyme?”).
  • When a child thinks of a rhyming word, give them a piece of crumpled paper to smash in the trash.

Practice blending sounds in words

  • Have the children clap when they say the beginning consonant or blend and rhyme ending, and then say the whole word blended together. 
  • For example, say tr” (clap), “ash” (clap) = “trash” (clap).
    • b + ash = bash
    • d + ash = dash
    • s + ash = sash
    • m + ash= mash

SEEL Target Texts

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Stash the Trash

Stash, stash, stash the trash.
Stash, stash, stash the trash.
Dash about to smash, bash, and stash the trash. 
Pick up the trash!

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with trash.


  • Empty trash can 
  • Crumpled pieces of paper
  • Stash the Trash chant 

Activity: Stash the Trash

  • Spread crumpled pieces of paper around the room.
  • Say, "Oh no! There is trash all over! Help me stash the trash in the trash can?" 
  • Sing the Stash the Trash song with your child as you march around picking up the trash.
  • Think of other words that rhyme with trash (e.g., bash, crash, clash, mash).
  • Each time you think of a new word, say, for example "bash! bash the trash! bash and trash rhyme"


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

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.