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Fox in Socks Rhyming Sort – Free Worksheet

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The Dr. Seuss classic book Fox in Socks pairs perfectly with this free rhyming worksheet! The free worksheet engages students in identifying rhyming words, an important phonological awareness skill necessary for skilled readers.

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Fox in Socks Rhyming

Fox in Socks is a beloved children’s book, but it can be challenging for young learners to read because of the many rhyming words and tongue twisters throughout.

Here’s an example of the rhyme in the book:

“Who sews whose socks? Sue sews Sue’s socks. Who sees who sew whose new socks, sir? You see Sue sew Sue’s new socks, Sir.”

-Fox In Socks, Dr. Seuss

Why is Rhyming Important?

Rhyming is all about the same sound heard at the end of words. Why is it important?

👉 Rhyming is a phonological awareness skill that builds pre-reading skills in young children.
👉 Understanding rhyme helps kids understand how the English language works.
👉 Rhyming helps children make connections between similar words and word families.

Children need to be able to identify rhyme and later be able to generate rhyming words. Some kids may master this quickly, while some may lots of additional practice.

Children whose primary language is not English may have a more difficult time with this, so be sure to provide explicit teaching, modeling, and many practice opportunities.

Rhyming is just one phonological awareness skill. Your students will need practice with the others! Visit our popular posts to learn more about them and grab more free resources specifically designed for teaching continuous blending and phoneme substitution.

The printed Fox in Socks Rhyming worksheet with scissors and glue stick.

Rhyming Sort Activity

Reading Fox in Socks as a read-aloud is great for teaching and modeling rhyme. It provides TONS of opportunities for kids to hear rhyme.

After you read the book, you can transition right into using this rhyming sort to have kids practice the skill for themselves.

📚Educational Focus: This rhyming sort can be used as guided or individual practice for Pre-k through 2nd-grade students.

We love to use it during Read Across America week, along with our Dr. Seuss Inspirational Bookmarks and Cat in the Hat Graphic Organizer!

The finished Fox in Socks worksheet with each picture in the correct rhyming column.

Children will sort pictures according to the rhyme they hear. There are two categories of words: words that rhyme with “Fox” or words that rhyme with “Bricks.”

Words that Rhyme with Fox

  • Blocks
  • Ox
  • Box
  • Rocks
  • Socks
  • Clocks

Words that Rhyme with Bricks

  • Sticks
  • Fix
  • Ticks
  • Chicks
  • Mix
  • Six

Using pictures (rather than words) forces students to listen carefully and notice the sounds in words, rather than visual patterns in words.

Students will cut the pictures and sort them according to their rhyming sounds. Once they’re sorted, students can glue them to the appropriate column of the t-chart.

As they name the pictures, students will listen carefully to hear the patterns in the rhymes they’re saying.

👌 Tip: You’ll want to review the pictures before asking the students to complete this activity. Be sure they know what the pictures are showing!

🦊 Fox in Socks Costume

For an added bonus, you can dress up as THE Fox in Socks in a super easy costume. This is the perfect Halloween or Book Character Day costume for any teacher out there!

You can plan to read the book aloud dressed up as the actual Fox in Socks and kids will go crazy with excitement!

A photograph of Katie dressed in red as Fox in Socks costume for Halloween.
Here’s Katie dressed up in costume as the Fox in Socks. It’s great – great for Halloween or Book Character Day!

Costume Essentials:

Putting the Costume Together: Find a pair of red pants, a plain red shirt, and two pairs of blue socks from Dollar Tree. I wore one pair of blue socks on my feet as regular socks, and the other I wore on my hands. (You can always purchase a pair of blue fingerless gloves.)

I borrowed my daughter’s cat ear headband and hot-glued pieces of a red feather boa around the ears. I also used black eyeliner to draw a fox nose and freckles on my face.

Finally, I hole punched two small holes in the cover of my Fox in Socks board book and used a long ribbon so the book could hang around my neck. This ensured that everyone knew that I was the infamous Fox in Socks.

We hope you enjoy this fun activity and bonus Fox in Socks costume idea! Now let’s get your kids practicing the important skill of rhyme.

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