Don't Sit on It

Don't Sit on It
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • sit
  • pit
  • it
  • quit


  • Chairs
  • It sign (see below) 
  • Pit sign (see below) 
  • Music 

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will play a game called "Sit on It" that is just like the game musical chairs and hear and say words that rhyme with sit, such as pit, it, and quit. 

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Don't sit on it 
    • Before the activity, choose an area to be the pit and put the Pit sign (see below) up in it; set up enough chairs for all the children in a circle with the seats facing out and put the it sign (see below) on one of the chairs.
    • Invite the children to sit in the chairs.
    • Start the music, and have the children stand up and walk around the circle while chanting, “Don’t sit, don’t sit, don’t sit on it!”
    • Tell the children to sit on the chair closest to him or her when the music stops.
      • The child that ends up on the chair with the it sign (see below) has to go sit in the pit.
    • Remove one chair, and move the it sign to another chair. 
    • Start the music again and repeat.  
    • Repeat the game as many times as desired, giving the children who get out at the beginning of the round another try.
    • Draw a big pit on the board (a horizontal line with a big dip downward in the middle).
    • Ask the children to say words that rhyme with it, and write those words inside the pit. 
    • Have the children echo back the words as you read them.

Apply the skill

  • Practice rhyming 
    • Produce words that rhyme with sit 
      • Remind the children of the words they played with (pit, it, quit). 
      • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with sit (knit, bit, fit). 
      • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with sit. 
      • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option: 
        • "How about pit?" Does pit rhyme with sit?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme)
        • "Do quit and sit rhyme?" (Nod your head yes) 
    • Recognize rhyming words 
      • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g., fit, sit). 
      • 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., quit, sit; pit, lit; bit, ball; kit, bunny; fit, knit). 
      • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.
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SEEL At Home


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


  • it sign (see below)  
  • Music

Activity: Sit on it

  • Before the activity put some chairs in a circle and tape the it sign (see below) to the bottom of one of the chairs.
  • Invite your child to come into the room, walk with you around the chairs while the music is playing, and sit on a chair when the music stops.
  • Turn on music, and join your child in walking around the circle of chairs.
  • Sit on a chair when the music stops, and look under it to see if the It sign is there. 
    • If the it sign is under your child's chair, say, “Oh no! Don’t sit on It! Now tell me a word that rhymes with sit.” (support as needed); if it is under your chair, say, "Oh no! I sat on it. ___ is a word that rhymes with sit."
    • If the it sign isn't there, turn on the music and walk around the chairs until the music stops again.
  • When the It sign is found and before the next round, have your child close his or her eyes while you put the It sign under a different chair or let him or her have a turn putting it under a chair. 
  • Continue playing until you run out of words that rhyme with sit (even made up ones).


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