fill the cup

Fill the Cup

Fill the Cup
Target text


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."). 

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fill
  • spill
  • will
  • still


  • Small cups
  • Beans, rice, beads, or sand
  • Juice or water
  • A pitcher or container

The children will fill up a cup while staying still as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with fill, such as still, spill, and will.

Literacy Activity

  • Hand out small cups to each child. 
  • Go around the table, visiting one child at a time, and have each child say, “Will you fill my cup with ___ (juice or water) please?” and 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. 
  • After they fill their cups, have them spill them back into the container. 

More Practice

  • Ask the children if they can remember any of the words used in the activity that rhyme with fill
  • Write these words on little pieces of paper, use them to fill a small cup, and then spill the cup’s contents in front of the children.  
  • Tell them to sit still as you read the rhyming words again off of the tiny slips of paper. 
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with fill


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

Activity: Fill the Cup 

  • Have family members or friends sit at the table.
  • One by one, have each person 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, and after everyone finishes drinking, get two clean, empty cups for you and your child. 
  • Fill the cups with rice, beads, beans, or sand and then spill the contents of the cups back into the container or slowly onto the table. 
  • Fill and spill the cups as many times as desired. 
  • Ask your child if he or she can remember any of the rhyming words (spill, fill, still, will). 
  • Have you and your child sit still as you repeat the rhyming words back and forth to each other.  
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.