I Like to Swim
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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).
SEEL Target Texts
Tim, Jim, Kim, and Grim Story
"Oh no! Look at HIM!!!" said Kim.
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.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
I Like to Swim