Nut Hut


Recognize words that rhyme with nut (e.g., do cut and nut rhyme?) and produce rhyme words (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with nut). 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • nut
  • hut
  • cut
  • shut


  • Find a Nut song (see below)
  • Nut graphics (see below - cut out and hide around the room)
  • Paper hut graphics (see below - cut out)
  • Book: Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert (optional) 

State and model the objective  
Tell the children that they will hear and say words that rhyme with nut (such as shut, rut, tut, putt, mutt, and gut). 

Practice the skill within an activity     

Find a Nut

  • Read the book Nuts to You! emphasizing target words (optional). 
  • Give the children the two pieces of the paper hut graphic (see below) and ask them to write their name on the circle so it will show on the roof of their hut when they are done.
  • Help the children assemble their paper huts (see graphics and instructions below) for folding huts.
  • Teach the children the Find a Nut song (see below) and sing it with them a few times. 
  • Have the children leave their huts on their desk or a table and sing the Find a Nut song as they walk around the room looking for nut graphics.  
  • When they find a nut graphic (see below), have the children go back to their hut.  
  • Encourage the children to try to put their nuts in their hut by removing the roof of the hut. 
    • If the nut graphic is small enough to fit in the hut have the children chant, "Nut in the hut!" 
    • If the nut graphic is too big, have the children cut the graphic until it fits in the hut and have the children chant, "Cut the nut!"
  • After the children stick the pieces into the hut, have them shut the nut in the hut by putting the roof back on.
  • Have the children repeat the activity, emphasizing words that rhyme with nut throughout, until all the nuts are gathered.
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the activity that rhyme with nut: hut, cut, shut. 

Apply the skill 

Practice rhyming

  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. hut, cut)
    • Ask the children to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., shut, hut, cut, nut).
    • 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 nut in fun ways
    • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sound of the word nut:
      • segment sounds: say /n/ (march right), say /ut/ (march left)
      • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say nut to blend the sounds into the whole word
      • Repeat with other words that rhyme with nut (e.g. hut, cut, shut, but, mutt, putt)

SEEL Target Texts

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Find a Nut

(to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Find a nut to fill the hut.    
Fill the hut! Fill the hut! 
If it's too big, then cut the nut. 
Fill the hut with nuts!



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