ten pens


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ten
  • pen
  • hen
  • when


  • White butcher paper
  • Ten pens

The children will find ten pens as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with ten, such as hen, pen, and when.

Literacy Activities
Hide ten pens

  • Hide ten pens throughout the classroom. 
  • Explain that ten and pen rhyme and that the children need to look for ten pens. 
  • When all ten pens are found, have the children that found the ten pens hide them while the other children close their eyes.
  • After the ten pens are hidden, have the remaining children look for the pens. 
  • Count the pens with the children once they all have had a turn to find the ten pens.
  • Say, “How many pens do we have? Ten pens!” 
  • Ask the children to think of a word that rhymes with pen each time you hold up a pen, such as then, hen, when, and den, supporting as needed.

Draw something that rhymes with pen

  • Have each child take a turn drawing something that rhymes with pen on the large butcher paper. Give your children ideas of what to draw (e.g., pen, number ten, den, men). 
  • Have each child point to their drawing and say what word they drew while you label their picture and emphasize that “___ rhymes with pen!”

SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with ten.


  • Ten pens
  • Paper 

Activity: Ten Pens 

  • Hide ten pens around a room for your child to find. 
  • Have your child search for the ten pens. 
  • After they are found, count the pens together. 
  • Together with your child, think of a word that rhymes with ten to go with each pen (e.g., ten, hen, men) and draw pictures of the words you came up with.


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