what has detective green seen?

What Has Detective Green Seen?

What Has Detective Green Seen?
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with seen (e.g., “Do seen and queen rhyme?”) and produce rhyme words (e.g., “Think of a word that rhymes with seen.”). 

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • green
  • seen
  • bean
  • clean
  • screen
  • Halloween


  • Picture cards (two sets)

The children will pretend to be Detective Green and hunt for things like a bean and a queen as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with seen, such as lean, mean, dean, sunscreen, and Halloween.
Practice the skill within an activity
Play Detective Green

  • Hide one set of picture cards around the room, and place the other set in a pile.
  • Invite a child to pretend to be Detective Green and then pick and identify a picture card for the class.
  • Have the child hunt for the matching card as the other children chant, “Detective Green, Detective Green, have you seen (a) ___ (name of picture card)?” 
  • When the child finds the picture card, have him or her bring it back to the group. 
    • Say together, “Detective Green, Detective Green, now you’ve seen (a) ___ (name of picture card)!”
  • Allow different children to pretend to be Detective Green until all the picture cards have been found.

Have you seen what I have seen?

  • Shuffle and lay out all of the picture cards on a table or floor in front of the children. 
  • Choose one child to pick up a card and say, “I have seen (a) ___ (name of picture card).”
  • Have other children look for the matching picture card and when they see it, have the children raise their hands.  
  • Call on the first child that raised their hand and invite them to point to the picture card and name it (e.g., Halloween). 
  • Have the child who found the picture card be the next one to choose a card to find.

Apply the skill

  • Show the children two of the picture cards and help them identify the pictures.
  • Lead the children in chanting, “We have seen (a) ___ (first card), and ___ rhymes with ___ (second card).
    • For example, “We have seen a bean, and bean rhymes with Halloween.”
  • Repeat with the rest of the cards.
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with seen
Activity: Have You Seen Green? 

  • Play a game similar to “I Spy” and have your child find something green. 
  • When your child has found something green, have him or her say, “I have seen green.”
  • Guess what your child might have seen by saying, “Have you seen (a) green ___ (e.g., frog)?” until the green item is found. 
  • Switch roles as many times as desired.
  • Take turns thinking of other words that rhyme with seen and green, such as bean, mean, lean, and teen.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.