Explore for a Chore
- Props for doing different chores (i.e., broom, trash can, watering can, etc.)
- Book: Mylo Does Chores by Jeff Bernat (optional)
- Chore chart (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will explore to see if they can find a chore and hear and say words that rhyme with chore, (such as bore, floor, door, store, more and explore).
Practice the skill within an activity
Explore for a chore
- Set up the classroom like a house that needs cleaning (e.g., a floor that needs sweeping and mopping, a drawer that needs to be wiped down, plants that need to be watered, something you tore that must be mended, etc.).
- Read the book Mylo Does Chores to the children (optional) and discuss what kinds of chores the children do at home and at school.
- Divide the children into groups and show them a chore chart (see below) as you explain each chore that needs to be done.
- Assign each group to do a different chore by saying, "For your chore, would you..."
- Pour water on the plants?
- Pretend to go to the store for more paint for the door? (Remind them that they will only be pretending to paint the door!)
- Wipe down the drawer?
- Sweep the floor some more?
- Encourage the children to explore until they find their group's chore and then do it.
- When the children have done their chores, invite them to come sit on the floor.
- Ask the children to share words they heard in the activity that rhyme with chore (e.g., pour, store, door, drawer, floor, more)
Apply the skill
- Produce words that rhyme with chore
- Remind the children of the words they played with (chore, pour, store, door, floor).
- Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with chore (sore, bore, tore, explore).
- Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with chore.
- If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:
- "How about explore?" Does explore rhyme with chore?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme).
- "Do floor and chore rhyme?" (Nod your head yes).
- Recognize rhyming words
- Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. bore, door).
- 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., sore, tore; pour, cat; chore, explore; door, more; store, goat; roar, chair).
- 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 chore in fun ways.
- Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sound of the word chore:
- Segment sounds: say /ch/ (march right), say /ore/ (march left)
- Blend sounds: jump with both feet and say chore to blend the sounds into a word
- Repeat with other words that rhyme with chore (e.g. bore, pour, store, four, floor, door, core, etc.)
SEEL At Home
Recognize words that rhyme with chore (e.g., "Do chore and more rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with chore.").
- Tools needed to do chores (e.g., broom, mop, washcloth, watering can)
- An apple core (optional)
- A piece of paper, folded in fourths
- A pencil or crayon
Activity: Explore for a Chore
- Explore the house with your child, looking for chores to do that have a word that rhymes with chore (i.e., sweep the floor, wipe the drawer, pour water on the plants, fix something that tore, throw away an apple core, etc.).
- Each time you find a chore, invite your child to draw a picture of the chore in one of the fourths of the paper.
- When you have found at least four chores, ask your child to pick one of the chores and then have fun doing it with him or her.
- Have your child put a checkmark next to the drawing of the chore when the chore is done.
- When all the chores are done, look at the pictures together and take turns naming the chores using words that rhyme with chore.
- The activity can be repeated as often as desired.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Explore for a Chore