Pump, Jump and Thump

Target text


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pump 
  • jump
  • bump
  • lump
  • thump


  • Blankets, towels, or sheets
  • Small soft objects (e.g., stuffed animals)

State and Model the Objective  

Tell the children that they are going to be doing actions that rhyme with jump and hear and say words that rhyme with jump (such as pump, lump, thump, and bump).

Practice the skill within an activity 

  • Before the activity, line up the small soft objects (i.e., stuffed animals) on the floor and cover them with the blankets, towels, or sheets.
  • Have the children line up behind you by the whiteboard and explain that people sometimes use water pumps to get water out of the ground by pumping a handle up and down.
  • Invite the children to say and do the following actions, listening for words that rhyme with jump:
Say:  Suggested Action:
Pump, pump. Pump the water! Have the children move their arms up and down like they are pumping water and say, "pump, pump, pump!"
Jump, jump! Jump high in the air.  Jump to the blankets saying, "Jump, jump, jump!"
See the bumps and lumps? Jump over the bumps! Jump over the lumps! Have the children jump over the line of bumps and lumps and say, "Bump!" or "Lump!"
Thump, thump! Thump your feet! Have the children stomp their feet as they walk back to the whiteboard and say, "Thump, thump, thump!"
  • Repeat, going through the actions course as many times as desired.
  • When the children get back to the area by the whiteboard for the last time, have them sit down and ask them what words they heard in the activity that rhyme with jump: pump, lump, bump, thump.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming 

  • Produce words that rhyme with jump
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (jump, thump, lump).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with jump (pump, jump, thump).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with jump
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about lump?  Does lump rhyme with jump?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do thump and pump rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g., jump, pump).
    • Ask the children if the two words rhyme, then have the children jump if the words rhyme or stay still if the words do not rhyme.
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., dump, stump; lump, clump; thump, cat; hump, pump; plump, chump; rump, truck; bump, slump).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

Practice blending and segmenting sounds in words

  • Jump and say the sounds in words 
    • Tell the children that they will practice saying words that rhyme with jump in fun ways
    • Have the children step as follows, saying the beginning and ending sound of the word jump:
      • segment sounds: say /j/ (march right), say /ump/ (march left)
      • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say jump to blend the sounds into the whole word
      • Repeat with other words that rhyme with jump (e.g., bump, lump, pump, dump).


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.