I Like to Swim

Objective

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

Point to words in a target text to demonstrate print awareness. 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • swim
  • rim
  • him
  • Tim
  • Jim
  • Kim
  • Grim

Materials:

  • Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story (see target text below)
  • Large fish puppets (see below)
  • Popsicle or craft sticks
  • A bin with blue paper around the rim
  • Fish cutout—1 for each child (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will hear a story and hear and say words that rhyme with swim, such as Tim, Jim, Kim, Grim, rim, and him. 

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Puppet storytelling
    • Tell the Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story (see target text below), allowing the children to act it out with the fish stick puppets.
    • Put the children in small groups and give each of them a stick puppet.
    • Allow the children time to play with the puppets in the bin—let them swim to the rim to get away from Grim.
    • Encourage the children to tell their own story with the puppets, using words that rhyme with swim (allow made-up words).
    • Ask the children to say all of the words and/or names from the activity that rhyme with swim. 
  • Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim can swim
    • Give the children a fish cutout (see below), and have them cut it out, fill in the name, and decorate it.
    • 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 see how many words that rhyme with swim they can use as they meet other "fish" around the room.

Apply the skill

  • Read a predictable, repetitive target text to the children to support print awareness (see text below) 
    • Display the target text Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story large enough for children to easily see. 
    • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence. 
    • Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence. 
    • Allow the children to shadow read by repeating predictable phrases while you read the text again. 
    • Ask the children which words in the text rhyme with swim. 
  • Practice rhyming 
    • Produce words that rhyme with swim 
      • Remind the children of the words they played with (Tim, Jim, Kim, Grim, swim, rim, him). 
      • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with swim (brim, dim, trim). 
      • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with swim
      • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option: 
        • "How about swim? Does rim rhyme swim?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme)
        • "Do him and swim rhyme?" (Nod your head yes) 
    • 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 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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Print

Objective
Recognize words that rhyme with swim (e.g., "Do rim and swim rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with swim."). 
Point to words in a target text to demonstrate print awareness. 

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons (optional)

Activity: Swim, Swim, Swim

  • Ask your child to tell you the story about Tim, Kim, Jim, and Grim (Story summary: Tim, Kim, and Jim (fish) decided to swim where it was dim. They ran into Grim (a shark), got scared, and had to swim to where it wasn’t dim. But Grim could swim too! Did they get away?).
  • Make up a new story with your child about Tim, Kim, Jim, and Grim, using 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 say the words together.    
  • Send the new Tim, Kim, Jim, and Grim story picture to school with your child to share with a teacher.

Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.

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