- Sidewalk chalk—1 piece for each child
- A sidewalk or large outdoor paved area to draw pictures on with chalk
- Rhyme identification cards (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will draw with chalk, go for a walk, and hear and say words that rhyme with chalk, such as rock, walk, clock, lock, sock, and sidewalk.
Practice the skill within an activity
- If you don't have a sidewalk available, before the activity, draw a sidewalk-like path on your paved outdoor area, marking the sidewalk dividing lines so each child will have a space on the "sidewalk" to draw in.
- Give each child a piece of chalk, and have them find a space on the."sidewalk" to draw in.
- Tell the children to listen for you to say words that rhyme with chalk.
- If the word rhymes with chalk, the children should raise their chalk in the air then join in saying, "Chalk the ___ (name of rhyming word) on the sidewalk," then draw the object that rhymes with chalk on the sidewalk.
- If the word does not rhyme with chalk then the children keep their chalk in their lap and listen for the next word.
- After the children have drawn several objects that rhyme with chalk, go on a "chalk walk" to see and practice saying the words that rhyme with chalk that they drew on the sidewalk.
- Ask the children to take turns saying a word they heard in the activity that rhymes with chalk.
Apply the skill
- Produce words that rhyme with chalk
- Remind the children of the words they played with (walk, chalk, sidewalk, clock, lock, sock, rock).
- Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with chalk (talk, mock, dock).
- Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with chalk.
- If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:
- "How about walk? Does walk rhyme with chalk?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme)
- "Do rock and chalk rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
- Recognize words that do and do not rhyme using pictures (see graphics below)
- Lay out two pictures of words that end in -alk or -ock (e.g., chalk, rock) and one picture that does not end in -alk or -ock (e.g., dog).
- State all possible word pairs and let the children help you identify the picture that does not rhyme. Remove the picture that does not rhyme with -alk or -ock.
- Repeat with other sets of pictures:
- Rock, clock, cheese
- Lock, sock, girl
- Chalk, sidewalk, bird
- Clock, sock, cat
SEEL At Home
Recognize words that rhyme with chalk (e.g., "Do walk and chalk rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with chalk.").
- Sidewalk chalk
- A paved outdoor area like a sidewalk to draw on
Activity: Sidewalk Chalk
- With your child, take some time to think of objects that rhyme with chalk (e.g., rock, sock, lock, sidewalk).
- Tell your child that you will say a word and he or she needs to tell you whether or not it rhymes with chalk, and
- If the word rhymes with chalk, then invite your child to draw the object on the sidewalk as you say together, "____ rhymes with chalk, so you can draw it on the sidewalk."
- If the word doesn't rhyme with chalk, then have your child pretend to freeze in place until they hear the next rhyming word.
- Have fun reversing roles and playing the game as many times as desired.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.