Little Bo Peep and Her Lost Sheep


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • peep
  • sheep
  • sleep
  • creep 


  • Four headbands
  • Cotton balls
  • Bow  

The children will help Little Bo Peep find her lost sheep as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with sheep, such as peep, creep, and sleep
Practice the skill within an activity

  • Before the activity, put together the headbands by gluing cotton balls to three of the headbands and a bow to the fourth.
  • Choose one child to act as Little Bo Peep and three of the children to act as sheep, and give them the appropriate headbands.
  • Tell the following story while the children help enact it:
Say  Suggested Action 
Did you hear how Little Bo Peep lost all her sheep?  Have the children shake their heads and ask “How did Little Bo Peep lose her sheep?”
She fell into a deep sleep.  Have Little Bo Peep lay down to sleep. 
One by one those sneaky sheep,  Have the sheep start to sneak away one by one. 
without making a peep,  Make a “Shhh” sign, and have all the children do it with you. 
on their tiptoes, went creep, creep, creep  Have the sheep tiptoe a few steps while all the children whisper, “Creep, creep, creep.” 
around Little Bo Peep, who was fast asleep.  Have the sheep move around Little Bo Peep and go hide.   
When Little Bo Peep woke up, she began to weep.  Have Little Bo Peep wake up and pretend to weep. 
Poor Little Bo Peep. Let’s find her sheep.  Have all the other children look for the sheep and bring them back to Little Bo Peep. 

Apply the skill
Identify target words in a text

  • Ask the children if they heard any words in the story that rhyme with sheep and which words they heard. 
  • Read the story again, this time without the children enacting it, and emphasize the words that rhyme with sheep by having the children make a quiet action (e.g., thumbs up, touch their nose) each time they hear a rhyming word.  

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with sheep.

  • Sheep graphic 

Activity: Little Bo Peep’s Sheep 

  • Play “Find the Lost Sheep” with your child and as many family members who wish to join. 
    • Have everyone else leave the room, and then hide the sheep picture. 
    • Let them re-enter and search for the hidden sheep. 
    • While they search, chant, “Creep, creep! Find the sheep!” 
    • Repeat the activity as many times as desired by taking turns hiding the sheep for the others. 
  • Sit down together and repeat the chant while patting your lap whenever you say an -eep word. 
  • Repeat the chant in different ways (e.g., faster, softer, baa-ing like a sheep). 


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