paper ship trip


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ship
  • trip
  • dip
  • flip
  • drip


  • Unlaminated large ship graphic
  • Laminated small ship graphics
  • Bowls or tubs of water
  • Word cards
  • Towels (optional)

The children will take a trip on a ship as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with ship, such as skip, tip, drip, and flip
Literacy Activities
Ship trip

  • Read each word card and demonstrate how to make the paper ship do the actions on the card. 
  • Give each child a laminated paper ship and disperse the bowls or tubs of water to each small group of children. 
  • Let the children take turns choosing a word card, and read the card out loud for each child. 
  • Have the class perform the selected action with his or her laminated ship and say each action as it is performed, encouraging the children to say it with you. 
    • Flip: flip the ship in the tub of water.
    • Skip: skip the ship across the top of the water. 
    • Dip: dip the ship under the water.
    • Drip: Lift the ship and let the water drip back into the tub, or drip onto another ship.
    • Whip: whip the ship quickly through the water. 
    • Zip: zip the ship in a Z shape through the water. 
    • Tip: make the ship tip into the water. 
    • Rip: when the unlaminated ship gets wet enough, it will rip. 
  • *You may want to do this activity outside or set towels under the bowls or tubs.

Rip ship

  • Have the children call out verbs that rhyme with trip for you to perform with the unlaminated ship. 
  • As the ship continues to get wet, it will eventually rip. 
  • When the ship finally rips, have the students shout, “Rip ship!” altogether.  

More Practice

  • Ask the children if they can remember the words that rhyme with ship from the activity. 
  • As the children recall the rhyme words, write each word on the board for the students to see. 
  • Read the list of words that rhyme with ship, and have the students hold up the ship graphic every time they hear a rhyming word. 
  • Make sure you say some words that don’t rhyme with ship.  

SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with ship

  • Paper ship graphic 
  • Word cards
  • Bowl of water 

Activity: Ship Trip 

  • Take turns choosing a word card, and read each card to your child before doing the corresponding action with the paper ship and the bowl of water. 
  • As you and your child perform each action, say what you are doing out loud (e.g., Dip the ship! Let the ship drip!). 
  • After you and your child have done each action with the ship, read each action word to your child by saying the beginning sound and helping your child say the -ip ending.  
  • Emphasize with your child that all the words rhyme.


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