Yum a Plum
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • hum
  • yum
  • gum
  • plum


  • Pie pan/container
  • Pretend gum (e.g., sticky tack, tape) 
  • Picture cards*
  • Word cards*
  • Letter cards*
  • Little Jack Horner nursery rhyme*
  • Yum Plum target text*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will grab -um words with their thumbs and will recognize and produce words that rhyme with plum, such as yum, thumb, hum, and gum
Literacy Activities
Read a nursery rhyme 

  • Read the Little Jack Horner nursery rhyme (see below).
  • Point out that thumb and plum rhyme.
  • Comment on other words that rhyme with thumb (e.g., yum, plum, drum, come, some, gum).

Try to get a plum on your thumb

  • Cut out the picture and word cards and put them face down in the container. 
  • Have the children get some pretend gum (sticky tack or tape) on their thumbs.
  • Let the children put their sticky thumbs in the pan to pull out an -um picture or word card. 
  • Name the pictures or read the word cards (e.g., “This word says yum”).
  • Have the children say, “I got  _um on my thumb.” 
    • If the word or picture is plum, have the children say, “Yum, plum!”
    • If the word or picture is gum, have the children say, “Yum, gum!”
    • If the word or picture is yum, drum, or hum, model a sad face and have the children look glum.

Produce words that rhyme with plum

  • Read the Yum Plum target text (see below) to the children.
  • Remind the children that the words gum, hum, drum, come, some, thumb, and crumb rhyme. 
  • Have the children think of words that rhyme with plum. Support as needed.
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SEEL Target Texts

Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie.
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Yum Plum

Everyone come!
Get a plum on your thumb!
I want a plum.
I stuck in my thumb...
but I got a drum.
I stuck in my thumb...
but I got some gum.
I stuck in my thumb...
but I got some crumbs.
I stuck in my thumb...
And I got a plum! Yum!
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