I Like to Swim

I Like to Swim
Target text


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.").

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • dim
  • rim
  • him
  • whim
  • swim
  • grim


  • Fish puppets with names*
  • Fish cutouts*
  • Craft sticks 
  • Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim target text*

*items included below

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

  • Attach the fish puppets (see below) to craft sticks and give them to the children.
  • Invite the children to listen for words that rhyme with Tim and Jim as you tell them the Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim story. 
  • Tell the story again, allowing the children to act out the story with their puppets.
  • Every time the children hear a word that rhymes with swim, have the children move their fish through the air as if it was swimming.
  • As soon as the children hear the name Grim, have them move their puppets through the air fast as if they were swimming away from Grim. 
  • Encourage the children to tell their own stories with the puppets using words 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.
  • Write the names of the fish and shark on the board or display the puppets so the children can see them.
  • Have the children choose a name that rhymes with swim (e.g., Tim, Jim, Kim, Grim) to write on their fish (support as needed).
  • Let the children decorate their fish.
  • 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.
  • Help the children remember words they heard in the activity that rhyme with swim and repeat them together.

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 and let them take turns underlining the rhyming words. 

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 (support as needed). 
  • Let the children take turns saying their word as they stand up, make their fish swim in a circle, then sit down.
  • When all of the children have had a turn, have them swim to a partner and each say their words, then say their words one after the other to hear how they rhyme (e.g., swim, Jim).

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). 
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SEEL Target Texts

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?
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SEEL At Home


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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.