I Like to Swim


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • whim
  • dim
  • swim
  • rim
  • him
  • Grim


  • Large fish puppets
  • Fish cutout
  • Popsicle sticks
  • A bin with blue paper around the rim 
  • Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim target text 

The children will swim away from a shark named Grim as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with swim, such as rim, dim, whim, and Grim.
Literacy Activities
Puppet storytelling

  • Attach the fish graphics to Popsicle sticks and give them to the children.
  • Tell the Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story with the fish stick puppets. 
  • Put the children in small groups and give them each a stick puppet, allowing them time to play with the puppets in the bin and swim to the rim to get away from Grim. 
  • Encourage students to tell their own story with the puppets using words that rhyme with swim

Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim can swim

  • Give the children a fish cutout and have them cut it out, fill in the name, and decorate it (support as needed).
  • Have the children make their fish swim around the room looking for another fish to meet.
  • When a "fish" meets another "fish," have each child say, "Hi, my name is ___ (Tim, Jim, Kim, or Grim), and I like to swim."
  • Encourage the children to use many words that rhyme with swim as they meet other "fish" around the room.

More Practice
Recognize rhyming words in text

  • Display the Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story large enough for children to easily see. 
  • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word. 
  • Ask the children which words in the text rhyme with swim

Practice rhyming 

  • Remind the children of the words they played with that rhyme with swim
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with swim
  • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him or her an option: 
    • "How about rim? Does rim rhyme with swim?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme.)
    • "Do hide and swim rhyme?" (Shake your head no.) 

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., Kim, swim). 
  • 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., Tim, Jim; Kim, Grim; swim, rim; him, goose; dim, cow). 
  • If the children do not respond correctly, repeat the two words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words. 

SEEL Target Texts

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Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim Story

Tim, Jim, and Kim love to swim.
On a whim, they began to swim where it was dim.
"It is very dim and hard to swim," said Tim.
"Oh no! Look at HIM!!!" said Kim.
Tim and Jim looked at Kim.
Then they saw Grim the shark!
Things looked very grim!
"Let's get away from him!" they cried.
Tim, Kim, and Jim began to swim back to where it wasn't dim.
But Grim the shark could swim, too!!
Can Tim, Jim, and Kim swim faster than Grim?

SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with swim.


  • Crayons (optional) 
  • Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story

Activity: Swim, Swim, Swim

  • Read the Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story with your child.
  • Make up a new story with your child about Tim, Kim, Jim, and Grim, and try to use as many words that rhyme with swim as possible. 
  • Have your child draw a picture of the story you make up together.   
  • Label each object in the picture that rhymes with swim, and have your child underline the -im ending in each word before asking your child what is the same about each of these words.


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