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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


Student Objectives

Session 1: Introducing rhyming words through music

Session 2: Practicing rhyming words


Student Assessment/Reflections



Students will

  • Identify rhyming words

  • Brainstorm rhyming words

  • Create song verses (as a class or individually)

  • Practice rhyming using an online interactive tool

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Session 1: Introducing rhyming words through music

1. Begin the lesson by teaching students to sing the song "A-Hunting We Will Go."
Oh, a-hunting we will go, a-hunting we will go.
We'll take a little fox and put it in a box
and then will let it go.
2. Ask students to identify the two words that sound the same in the song (fox and box). Continue to sing the song with the following phrases to replace the second line. As you sing the song, pause for the second rhyming word and allow students to sing the word they think rhymes. This should be easy and fun for students.
We'll take a little whale and put it in a pail
We'll take a little frog and put it on a log
We'll take a little fish and put it on a dish
3. Allow students to sing the song together several more times using both the original lyrics and the three new verses.

4. Ask students to brainstorm other animals that could be used in the song. List these animals on chart paper. Then ask students to think of words that rhyme with each animal name. For example:
snake: lake, cake, rake
bear: hair, dare, chair
cat: hat, mat
5. Model for students how these words can be used to create new verses of the song. For example:
We'll take a little snake and put it in a lake
We'll take a little bear and hug it if we dare
We'll take a little cat and put it on a mat
6. Next, write the following verse frame on chart paper or an overhead transparency.
Oh, a-hunting we will go, a-hunting we will go.
We'll take a little ________ and put it in a _______
and then will let it go.
7. Invite students to choose one of the animal names from the brainstorming list and one of the rhyming words. Write these words in the blanks of the verse frame.

8. For additional practice, instruct students to make their own lists of animal names and rhyming words.

9. Provide each student with the Verse Frame handout. Ask each student to create two or three verses to the song by writing pairs of rhyming words in the blanks.

10. Once they have completed their verses, gather the students together and allow them to share them. Sing the verses together as a class.

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Session 2: Practicing rhyming words

1. Take the students to the computer lab to continue practicing rhyming words.

2. Have students access the Construct-a-Word interactive tool.

3. After clicking on "Begin," students will be prompted to select a word ending. Then a set of letters and blends will appear on the screen. Students click on a letter that, when added to the word ending, makes a word. By creating several words, students will make their own lists of rhyming words. Be sure to draw students' attention to the Word Bank where they can read and review their word lists.

Note: Some of the words on the lists do not rhyme. For example, oat and eat do not rhyme with cat, fat, and hat. Take the opportunity to discuss with students why these words do not rhyme even though they have the same ending letters.

4. When students successfully create all possible words for a word ending, instruct them to print their word lists. Students can then continue the game by selecting a different word ending and creating another list of rhyming words.

5. Have students use their printed word lists to create new verses for other rhyming songs.

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  • Students are now ready to identify rhyming words in other popular songs. Access Sing a Song for fun music to share with students. Students simply click on a song title and the music plays! Instruct them to listen for rhyming words in the songs. You might also wish to display the words to certain songs and ask students to underline the words that rhyme.

  • As a class, use other simple rhyming songs to continue practice with rhyming skills as students create their own new verses. The Construct-a-Word interactive tool can be used to help students generate rhyming words for the songs.

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  • Students' understanding of rhyming and rhyming words can be assessed by reviewing their completed Verse Frame handouts.

  • Informal, authentic assessment of students' work may also involve observation of students' writing and rhyming during class.

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