the cook took my cookbook

The Cook Took My Cookbook

The Cook Took My Cookbook
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • took
  • cook
  • look
  • cookbook
  • shook


  • A cookbook or spiral notebook with pictures of food inside (see below)
  • A cook’s hat (i.e., a white plastic shopping bag taped to a strip of white paper to go around a child's head like a crown)

State and model the objective  
Tell the children that they will cook from a cookbook, and hear and say words that rhyme with cook (such as book, look, took, shook and cookbook). 

Practice the skill within an activity

Find the cookbook 

  • Tell the children to close their eyes while you tap one child on the shoulder to have him or her hide the cookbook. 
  • Have all the children open their eyes and take turns guessing who took the cookbook by saying, “____ took the cookbook!”
  • Let the children look around the room for the cookbook, and when they find it, have them say, “Look, the cookbook!”

Cook from the cookbook 

  • Show the children the cookbook with different pictures of food inside that they can make.
  • Choose one child to wear the cook's hat (optional), and hand him or her your cookbook.  
  • Ask the "cook" (child wearing the cook's hat) to look in the cookbook for what he or she wants the class to pretend to cook.
  • Have the children work together to pretend to cook the food that the cook picked.
  • Tell the children to say -ook phrases as they pretend to cook the food, such as:
    • "_____ is the cook."
    • "What did he or she pick to cook from the book?"
    • "I shook the ingredients together."
    • "Look what I took out of the oven!" 
  • Repeat as desired, letting other children take a turn being the cook.
  • Ask the children to name all of the words they heard that rhyme with cook. 

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming 

  • Produce words that rhyme with cook 
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (cook, book, took, look, cookbook). 
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with cook (shook, hook, nook). 
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with cook. 
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option: 
      • "How about book? Does book rhyme with cook?" (Nod your head, yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do took and cook rhyme?" (Nod your head yes) 
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. cook, took). 
    • Ask the children to put their thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme. 
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., look, book; shook, goat; hook, nook; cook, duck; rook, took). 
    • 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 cook (e.g., "Do book and cook rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with cook."). 


  • Cookbook with pictures inside

Activity: Who Took My Cookbook?

  • Before beginning the activity, select a simple recipe from the cookbook, then hide the cookbook.
  • Ask your child, "Who took my cookbook?" and have your child help you look for it.
  • When your child finds the book say, "Look, you found my cookbook!" then let him or her hide it for you to find.
  • Repeat as many times as desired.
  • Look through the cookbook with your child and say “Look, I want to cook ___,” while pointing to different foods or “I don’t want to cook ___.”
  • Tell your child that he or she will be the cook tonight and will help you make dinner. 
  • Have your child look at the cookbook each time there is a new step to complete.
  • Emphasize words that rhyme with cook by saying phrases like, “Look to see if it’s done.” “I took this much milk and poured it in.” “I shook the ingredients.”
  • Have fun taking turns saying words that rhyme with cook while the food is cooking.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.