brave in a cave

Brave in a Cave

Brave in a Cave
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cave
  • gave
  • wave
  • save
  • brave


  • Stuffed teddy bear
  • Cardboard box
  • Brave in a Cave reader's theater*

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will practice being brave in a cave and recognize and produce words that rhyme with cave, such as wave, save, and gave.

Literacy Activities
Brave in a cave

  • Read the Brave in a Cave reader's theater (see below) to the children and have them do the corresponding actions.

Brave in a Cave 

Say: Suggested Action:

"I saw a cave. I saw a big cave."

Show the children the pretend cave, gesturing as if it were huge.
"I wanted to go in the cave. I asked my friend, "If I need you, will you be brave and save me in the cave?" Have the children ask each other, "Will you be brave and save me in the cave?"

"To go in the cave, I had to be brave. 
I gave my friend a wave."

Have the children wave goodbye to each other.

"I went into the cave. 
Is the bear in the cave?"

Ask the children, "Is there a bear in the cave?" Pull out the stuffed bear and put it in the cave.

"There's a bear in the cave!
I must be brave. 
I must be brave in the cave."

Ask the children to make a brave face and tell each other, "Be brave in the cave!"
"I gave the bear a wave.
And the bear gave me a wave."
Let the children take turns waving at the bear. Have the bear wave back.

"Then I ran out of the cave to be safe!
Was I brave?
I was brave in the cave!

We were all brave in the cave."

Have the children hurry back to their spot. 
  • Help the children think of words they heard in the story that rhyme with cave (e.g., brave, save, wave, gave), supporting as needed.
  • Tell the story again, and this time, help the children to growl like bears when they hear words that rhyme with cave.

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with cave

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (brave, save, wave, and gave).
  • Ask each child to think of another word that rhymes with cave (support as needed).  

Recognize rhyming words

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., cave, brave).
  • Ask the children to show you a thumbs up if the words rhyme and a thumbs down if the words do not rhyme (support as needed).
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., save, wave; gave, cave; pave, cat; fave, knave; rave, truck; shave, stave).
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with cave.


  • Items to make a cave (blankets, furniture)
  • Stuffed bear (optional)

Activity: Brave in a Cave

  • Build a fort or cave with your child or pretend a room in your home is a "cave."
  • Ask your child to listen for words that rhyme with cave as you play in the cave, then emphasize those words as you play together. For example:
    • Say, "Let's wave to each other before we go into the cave!"
    • When you see (or pretend to see) a bear in the cave say, "Be brave in the cave!" 
    • Say "Let's wave to the bear!" as you run out of the cave to save your lives!
  • Talk together about all of the words you heard that rhyme with cave, such as wave, brave, and save, and then think of more.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.