See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality.
Kindergarten Reading Foundational Skills with Dr. Suess Green Eggs and Ham
1 Attention Getter
- To grab the attention of the students, bring in a plate of green eggs (food dye) and ham, and ask the children if they would ever try what they see on the plate.
- Introduce the students to the text Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess.
- Ask the students for predictions about what they think the story will be about or if they are familiar with the text.
2 Direct Instruction
- Explain to the students that words rhyme when they have the same ending sound; for example pan, man, can, fan, tan.
- Tell the students that as you are reading the story, that you want them to listen for words that rhyme.
- Read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess to the students.
- As you are reading the text, stop and ask the students if they have heard any words that rhyme, and ask them to share the words.
3 Guided Practice
- After the reading create a class list of words that rhymed in the text.
- Using the words on the class list, ask the students if they can think of any other words that may rhyme; for example using the words car, far students may share examples such as bar, jar.
- Open the SmartExchange Smart Notebook lesson and complete as a whole group.
4 Independent Practice
- Tell the class that as a whole group they will author a book that follows the same rhyme pattern from Green Eggs and Ham and each student will write a page.
- As a class decide what your book will be about for example " I do not like to eat stinky cheese, I would not eat it _____ _____ _____, I would not eat it _____ _____ _____."
- Explain to the students that the last blank in each sentence is where they would write the rhyming word. For example "I do not like to eat stinky cheese, I would not eat it on the floor. I would not eat it by the door."
- Once the children have completed their writing and illustrated a picture that goes along with their sentence, share the completed book with the class.
5 Wrap Up
- Discuss with the students what they know about rhyming words, and how they can tell if two words rhyme.
- Invite students to "be on the look-out" for rhyming words in the classroom, in the school, at home, or somewhere else in the community to keep building their classroom rhyme word list.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonent-vowel-consonent, or CVC) words.* (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.