Bell and Shell Store

Bell and Shell Store
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bell 
  • well
  • sell
  • tell
  • yell
  • shell
  • smell
  • swell


  • Things that smell (e.g., soap)
  • "Bell and Shell" store sign*
  • Pictures of nutshells*
  • Pictures of seashells*
  • Pictures of bells*
  • Nutshells and seashells (optional)
  • A bell or bells (optional)

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will run a bell and shell store as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with bell, such as shell, well, smell, yell, and tell.
Literacy Activities
Can you tell?

  • Show the children shells, bells, and things that smell (found below).
  • Point out that sell, shell, bell, and smell rhyme.
  • Highlight words that rhyme as children sort shells, bells, and things that smell (e.g., "Well, a shell!" "A bell," "A shell," "A swell bell," "I can tell, this is a shell," "Well, it is a swell shell!" "A bell is not a shell").

Yell and sell bells and shells

  • Let the children decide if they want to sell bells, shells, or things that smell.
  • Allow the children to yell and tell what they sell.
  • As a customer, ask questions and make comments that highlight -ell words:
    • "Tell me what you sell."  
    • "You sell swell shells."  
    • "Do you sell bells or shells?"  
    • "Well, you sell bells."  
    • "What swell bells!"
    • "You sell things that smell!"

Yell out words that rhyme with swell

  • Comment on pairs of words that rhyme (e.g. “Bell rhymes with shell”).
  • Have the children yell out a word that rhymes with swell, such as sell, tell, and well.
  • Ask the children if two words rhyme (e.g., “Do bell and tell rhyme?”).
  • If two words rhyme, have the children yell, “___ - ___ rhyme!" (e.g., “Well - shell rhyme!”).
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.