cow chow

Cow Chow
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cow
  • chow
  • plow
  • now
  • wow


  • Toy cow or cow graphic (see below)
  • Felt or green paper to serve as grass
  • Toy plow or tractor or plow graphic (see below)
  • Cow Chow target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will play a game with a cow and hear and say words that rhyme with cow.

Practice the skill within an activity

Give a cow some chow

  • Show the children the toy cow or cow graphic (see below) and tell them that the cow is hungry for chow (explain that chow is another word for food).
  • Ask the children about their favorite kind of chow. 
  • Show the children green paper or felt and tell them it is grass – a kind of chow for a cow.
  • Show the children a toy plow or plow graphic (see below) and explain that farmers use a plow to plant seeds to make chow (grass or hay) for cows to eat. 
  • Demonstrate how to plow the chow (green paper or felt) by using scissors to cut off a piece of the green paper or felt.
  • Have the children take turns pretending to plow the chow and then feed it to the cow.
  • Ask the children which words they heard in the activity that rhyme with cow.

Apply the skill 

Read a predictive, repetitive target text to the children to support print awareness (see text below)

  • Display the target text Cow Chow 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 cow. 

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with cow
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (cow, chow, plow).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with cow (bow, how, now, wow).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with cow. 
    • If a child doesn’t respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • “How about chow?  Does chow rhyme with cow?” (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • “Do plow and cow rhyme?” (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. cow, chow). 
    • 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., bow, now; plow, saw; now, cow; wow, float; vow, blue). 
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words. 

Practice blending and segmenting sounds in words 

  • March and say the sounds in words 
    • Tell the children that they will practice saying words that rhyme with cow in fun ways.
    • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sound of the word cow: 
      • Segment sounds: say /c/ (march right), say /ow/ (march left) 
      • Blend sounds: jump with both feet and say cow to blend the sounds into a word. 
      • Repeat with other words that rhyme with cow (e.g., chow, bow, now, wow, plow, etc.).
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SEEL Target Texts

Cow Chow

We see a cow who needs some chow. 
How will we get the cow some chow?
We plow chow for the cow.
Now we can feed chow to the cow.
Wow! The cow loves chow!
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SEEL At Home



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


  • Toy cow or cow graphic (see below)
  • Pretend food for the cow (e.g., bits of paper, cereal, etc.)
  • A bowl to hold the food

Activity: Cow Chow

  • Remind your child that chow means food.
  • Show your child the toy cow or cow graphic (below) and explain that you are going to make chow for the cow to eat.  
  • Gather together some treats or pretend treats (e.g., bits of paper, cereal) from around the house to make chow for the cow.
  • Put each treat and/or pretend treat into a bowl and say, "Now ____ is in the chow. Wow!" 
  • Pretend to feed some chow to the cow, emphasizing the –ow ending of the –ow words as they are said.
  • Have your child tell you which words, used in the activity, rhyme with cow (e.g., cow, chow, wow, now).
  • See how many words that rhyme with cow you and your child can think of (allow made-up words).
  • Repeat as desired.


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