A Brown Crown

A Brown Crown
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • crown
  • brown
  • gown
  • frown
  • clown


  • Crown made out of brown paper
  • Brown gown made with a large paper bag (holes cut out for arms and head)
  • Happy clown graphic (see below) 
  • Book: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (optional)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will read and act out a story and hear and say words that rhyme with crown (such as brown, gown, frown, and clown). 

Practice the skill within an activity

The Brown Crown 

  • Read The Paper Bag Princess by Rober Munsch to the children (optional).
  • Read the story below to the children and have them do the corresponding actions.
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the activity that rhyme with crown (brown, crown, gown, frown, clown, town).
Story Suggested Actions
This is a girl. She wears a brown crown and a brown gown.  Have one girl pretend to be the girl in the story and wear the brown crown and gown.
The girls was not happy. She always wore a frown. Have the girl pretend to be very sad. Have the children frown as well.
She had a pretty gown. She had a pretty crown. But she did not have a friend in town. Explain that everyone needs a friend. Ask the children who would like to be friends with the girl that has the crown and gown. 
Then one day a clown came to town. Ask another child to pretend to be the clown and hold the happy clown graphic (see below). Ask the children if they have never seen a clown. Say, "Clowns make people smile. They can take away a frown."
The clown made friends with the girl in the brown crown. Have the clown ask the girl to play. 
Now the girl in the brown crown does not frown. Have the girl and the clown both smile and pretend to play together
The clown is her new friend in town. Explain that when we have friends, we don't need to frown. 

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with clown 
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (brown, clown, frown, gown, crown). 
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with crown (town, down, drown). 
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with crown. 
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option: 
      • "How about town? Does town rhyme with crown?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do down and crown rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. crown, brown). 
    • Ask the children 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., clown, cat; gown, crown; town, down; frown, wet; drown, string). 
    • 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 crown in fun ways. 
    • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sound of the word clown: 
      • Segment sounds: say /cr/ (march right) /own/ (march left) 
      • Blend sounds: jump with both feet and say crown to blend the sounds into a word. 
      • Repeat with other words that rhyme with crown (e.g. frown, brown, town, down, noun, etc.).
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SEEL Target Texts

A Clown in Town

The girl has a brown crown.
The girl has a brown gown.
The girl has a big frown.
She has no friends in town!
Wait! A clown has come to town.
Look! The clown and the girl with the crown and the gown are friends!
Hooray for the clown! He turned the girl’s frown upside down!
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SEEL At Home


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


  • A Clown in Town target text (see below) 
  • Brown crayon or colored pencil

Activity: A Brown Crown

  • Read A Clown in Town target text (see below) to your child. 
  • Help your child draw a brown frown on a piece of paper, and then have him or her turn it upside down to be a smile.
  • Read the story again and have your child turn his or her brown frown into a smile at the end.
  • Ask your child to pretend to be the clown and say words that rhyme with clown to try to make you turn your brown frown upside down (into a smile).
  • Turn your frown upside down (into a smile) when your child says a word that rhymes with clown.
  • Switch roles and say words that rhyme with clown until your child turns his or her brown frown upside down.
  • Repeat as many times as desired.
  • Ask your child to hold up a smiley face if the two words that you say rhyme (i.e., "Do town and frown rhyme?"), giving them support as needed.
  • Continue to make each other's frowns turn into smiles as many times and ways 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.