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

See More

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

  • Put together the headband props 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,  Put your finger to your mouth and say, "Shh" with the children. 
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 cry. 
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 

  • Read the story again, this time without the children enacting it, and emphasize the words that rhyme with sheep.
  • Invite the children to leap each time they hear a word that rhymes with sheep.

SEEL At Home

See More

Recognize and produce words that rhyme with sheep.

  • Sheep graphic (see below)

Activity: Find 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, have everyone chant softly, “Creep, creep! Find the sheep!” 
    • Repeat the activity as many times as desired by taking turns hiding the sheep for the others.  
  • Variation: Chant one of the following sentences and then do the associated action when someone finds the sheep (e.g., "Leap, leap when you find the sheep!" "Sleep, sleep when you find the sheep!" "Peep, peep when you find the sheep!").



See More

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