Fill the Cup


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fill
  • spill
  • will
  • still


  • Small cups
  • Beans (or rice, beads, or sand)
  • Container for beans
  • Pitcher or jug
  • Juice or water
  • Little pieces of paper

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will fill a cup and try not to spill as they hear and say words that rhyme with spill, such as fillwill, and still. 

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Fill a cup
    • Have the children sit around a table, and give a small cup to each of them.
    • Go around the table one at a time, and have each child say, “Will you fill my cup with ___ (juice or water) please?” then fill his or her cup.
    • After the children drink their juice or water, hand out new cups, and have the children fill them with beans, rice, beads, or sand while saying, "Fill, fill, fill your cup."
    • After the children fill their cups, have them spill the contents back into the container while saying, "Spill, spill, spill the ____."
    • Ask the children what words that rhyme with fill they can remember from the activity.
    • Write these words on little pieces of paper, use them to fill a small cup, then spill it in front of the children.
    • Invite the children to sit still as you read the words that rhyme with fill from the tiny slips of paper.

Apply the skill:

  • Practice rhyming
    • Produce words that rhyme with fill.
      • Remind the children of the words they played with (fill, will, still, spill, still).
      • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with -crab (pill, hill, mill).  
      • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with fill.  
      • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:
        • "How about spill? Does spill rhyme with fill?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme)
        • "Do will and fill rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
    • Recognize rhyming words 
      • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g. fill, still)
      • Ask the children to put their thumbs up if the words rhyme and their thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
      • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., fill, pill; will, dog; spill, still; hill, wet; mill, fill). 
      • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the two words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.

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


  • Cups
  • Pitcher
  • Water or juice
  • Container
  • Beans, rice, beads or sand

Activity: Fill the Cup

  • Have family members or friends sit at the table. One by one, have each family member or friend ask your child, “Will you fill my cup please?” and have your child answer, “Yes, I will!”
  • Help your child fill each of the cups.
  • After everyone finishes drinking, give everyone clean, empty cups
  • Ask your child to invite each person one at a time to fill their cups with rice, beads, beans, or sand, by saying, "Will you fill your cup?"
  • Spill the contents of the cups back into the container or slowly onto the table, and have fun filling and spilling the cups several times, saying things like, "Will you spill your cup?" "Do you like to fill and spill your cup?".
  • Ask your child if he or she can remember any of the words that rhyme with fill (spill, fill, still, will).
  • Sit still as you repeat words that rhyme with fill back and forth to each other.


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