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A-Hunting We Will Go: Teaching Rhyming Through Musical Verse

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Flagstaff, Arizona


International Literacy Association



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This lesson is most appropriate for second graders, but it could be adapted for kindergarten or first graders. Students first learn to sing the song "A-Hunting We Will Go" with its original verses and several new verses that support rhyming concepts. Then they brainstorm pairs of rhyming words and create their own verses for the song. As a follow-up activity, students can create original verses using other simple rhyming songs as a framework.

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Construct-a-Word: This tool has students generate words by adding a beginning letter or blend to a word ending; in this lesson it provides further practice and invites students to build a personal word bank of rhyming words

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Smith, J.A. (2000). Singing and songwriting support early literacy instruction. The Reading Teacher, 53(8), 646-649.

  • Art, music, dance, and drama activities have been found to have academic benefits for students.

  • According to research, music activities are strongly associated with nonmusical curricular outcomes.

  • Music activities can help children with academic performance, content learning, and social skills.

  • Music activities are effective for the teaching of literacy skills.

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