Fell in a Well


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sell 
  • bell 
  • shell 
  • fell 
  • yell 


  • Trash can or bucket  
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Metal paper clips 
  • Fishing pole (a magnet attached to string on a stick) 

The children will fish out items from a well as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with well, such as sell, bell, shell and fell.
Practice the skill within an activity

  • Put the picture cards (see below) in the “well” (a trash can or a bucket).
  • Have the children take turns fishing the picture cards (see below) out of the well. 
  • When a child fishes out a card, help him or her decide if the card rhymes with well. 
    • If the card rhymes with well, have the children yell together, “A ___ (e.g., bell) fell in the well!” 
    • If the card doesn’t rhyme, have the child place it in a discard pile.
  • Repeat until all the children have had a turn. 

Apply the skill

  • Let each child pick a rhyming picture card from a pile.
  • Have the children remember their card, show and tell their card, and drop it into the well.
  • When all of the children have dropped their cards into the well, mix the cards up.
  • Invite the children to pick a card from the well and pretend to yell what the card is so the child who put it in the well can come get it.
  • As each child claims their card, have him or her say, “Oh swell! I got my ___ (e.g., bell) from the well!”
  • If desired, play a variation of the game again by adding in the non-rhyming cards. 


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with well

  • Picture cards (2 sets) 
  • Paper 
  • Pencil 

Activity: Memory Game

  • Lay the rhyming picture cards facedown in columns and rows. 
  • Take turns turning two cards over to see if they match, saying the name of each card as you turn it over.
  • Repeat the game, this time using all of the picture cards, and have the children ring a bell when they find matching cards that rhyme with well.


Memory Cards


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