Ted Needs to be Fed


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Ted
  • fed
  • red
  • bed


  • Toy dog or dog graphic labeled "Ted" (see below)
  • Large basket or bowl (red if possible)
  • 2 red lines taped to the floor at opposite ends of the room/area
  • Small bean bags
  • Paper dog bones (see below - attach to small bean bags for weight)
  • Red blanket (or red construction paper)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will help Ted get fed and off to bed and practice saying words that rhyme with fed.  

Practice the skill within an activity

Ted needs to be fed 

  • Before the activity, mark a red line at both ends of the room.
  • Divide the children into two teams and tell the teams to sit behind the red lines.
  • Place "dog bowl" (basket or bowl) and the toy dog or the dog graphic labeled "Ted" (see below) in between the teams. 
  • Have a child from each team stand and toss a beanbag into the basket at the same time.
  • If the beanbag lands in the basket have the child say, "I fed Ted!"
  • Repeat so everyone has a turn.
  • When the game is over, have the children say, "It's time to go to bed, Ted."
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the activity that rhyme with fed: Ted, red, bed.

Ted needs to go to bed

  • Have the children sit in a circle around a desk or chair with a red blanket (or red paper) on it like a bed.  
  • Hold up the toy dog or the dog graphic labeled "Ted" and whisper to the children that it's time for Ted to go to bed but that he doesn't like to go to bed.
  • Ask the children to tell Ted that it's time to go to bed then watch to see if he listens.
  • Have Ted stand on his head (hold graphic upside-down).
  • Have the children say, "No, Ted, don't stand on your head. It's time for bed!" then watch to see if he listens.
  • Have Ted whine like he is hungry, then ask the children to say, "No, Ted, you're already fed. It's time for bed!"
  • Make Ted howl like he is sad, then hold up the red blanket (or red paper) and have the children say, "Look, Ted! It's your blanket that's red! It's time for bed."
  • Have Ted lie on the bed and have a child put the blanket over him.
  • Repeat as many times as desired, allowing a different child to put the blanket on Ted each time. 
  • Quietly thank the children for helping Ted get to bed, then ask what words they heard that rhyme with bed: Ted, head, fed, red.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with bed
    • Have the children sit in a circle and remind them of the words they heard that rhyme with fed (bed, head, red, Ted).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with fed (pled, Ned, spread).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with fed.
    • Give one child a bone graphic (see below) and ask them to tell you the word they thought of that rhymes with fed as they pass the bone to the next child.
    • Allow each child the opportunity to receive the bone, say a rhyming word and pass the bone.
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds when they get the bone, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about bread?  Does bread rhyme with fed?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do said and fed rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. bed, head).
    • 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., fed, spread; led, sled; tread, cat; head, said; pled, Ted; dread, truck; wed, fled).
    • 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 fed (e.g., do Ted and fed rhyme?) and produce rhyme words (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with fed).


  • Toy dog or Ted the dog graphic (see below)
  • Bowl or basket (red if possible)
  • Dog bone graphics (see below - attach a paper clip for weight)
  • Paper clips

Activity: Ted needs to be fed

  • Tape the picture of Ted the dog to the red bowl or basket and put a paper clip on each dog bone so that they will be easier to toss.
  • Stand next to your child a few feet away from the bowl and take turns tossing bones into Ted's red bowl.
  • If the bone lands in the bowl, say, "I fed Ted!"
  • If the bone does not land in the bowl, have your child pick it up and try again. 
  • Repeat until all the bones are in Ted's bowl. 
  • When you are finished, take all of the bones out of the bowl. 
  • Help your child think of words that rhyme with fed, giving him or her a bone as they think of a rhyming word, and let them toss the bone into the bowl.
  • Repeat the phrase, "You fed Ted!" when they successfully toss it into the bowl. 



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