Shoot Into the Boot

Shoot Into the Boot
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • shoot
  • boot
  • fruit
  • flute
  • suit
  • root


  • Boot graphic (see below) 
  • Trashcan (with boot graphic attached)
  • Picture cards (see below) – 1 for each child
  • Masking tape (tape a line on the floor at a short distance from the trashcan)
  • Shoot Into the Boot target text (see below)
  • Rhyme identification pictures (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will shoot –oot items into a boot and hear and say words that rhyme with boot (such as shoot, fruit, flute, suit, and root). 

Practice the skill within an activity

Shoot into a boot 

  • Tape the boot graphic (see below) onto the trashcan and make a masking tape line on the floor a fair distance away from the can.
  • Give each child a picture card (see below) and help them identify what it is.
  • Have the children crumple their picture cards tightly into a ball. 
  • Tell the children to line up behind the masking tape on the floor.
  • Let the children take turns shooting their balls (like a basketball) into the trashcan while standing on the line. 
  • Tell the children to shout "Shoot (the -oot item) into the boot!"
  • Have the children say words that rhyme with boot.

Apply the skill 

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

  • Display the target text Shoot Into the Boot large enough for the 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 boot. 

Practice rhyming 

  • Recognize words that do and do not rhyme using rhyme identification pictures (see below). 
  • Lay out two pictures of words that end in –oot (e.g., boot, root) and one picture that does not end in –oot (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 –oot. 
  • Repeat with other sets of pictures: 
    • Flute, root, rock 
    • Boot, fruit, cheese 
    • Suit, root, girl 
    • Fruit, flute, bird 

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 boot in fun ways. 
  • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sounds of the word boot. 
    • Segment sounds: say /b/ (march right), say /oot/ (march left) 
    • Blend sounds: jump with both feet and say boot to blend the sounds into a word
    • Repeat with other words that rhyme with boot (e.g., root, suit, flute, fruit, etc.)
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SEEL Target Texts

Shoot Into the Boot

What are you going to shoot at the boot?
Do you want to shoot fruit or a flute at the boot?
The flute is in the boot!
My cute boot is full of fruit!
Scoot close to the boot to shoot!
Shoot the fruit,
Shoot the fruit,
Shoot the fruit into the boot!
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SEEL At Home


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


  • Picture cards – cut out (see below)
  • Boot graphic (see below) 

Activity: Shoot at the Boot

  • Lay out the picture cards (see below) and help your child identify them.
  • Put the boot graphic (see below) a fair distance away on the ground (adjust if necessary).
  • Have your child pick a picture card, identify it, then crumple it into a ball and shoot it like a basketball at the boot.
  • Join your child in chanting, “Shoot at the boot!” as he or she shoots the picture cards.
  • Gather the crumpled words and take turns saying other words that rhyme with boot and shooting the paper balls at the boot.
  • The activity can be repeated several times, moving the boot farther away to make it more challenging, if 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.