Rhyming Words in Action!
Read or listen to the poem below, titled "Sick" by Shel Silverstein. Listen and look closely for the rhyming words.  Click on the vocabulary words to find out what they mean. After you have read the poem and are sure that you understand what it means, answer the questions below. Have you ever felt the same way as "little Peggy Ann McKay?"

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Use the poem, "Sick" by Shel Silverstein (at left) to answer the following questions about Silverstein's rhymes.

1. What word does Shel Silverstein use to rhyme with "dry?"

2. What word does Shel Silverstein use to rhyme with "numb"?

3. What word does Shel Silverstein use to rhyme with "green"?

4. What word does Shel Silverstein use to rhyme with "blue"?

5 & 6. What two words does Shel Silverstein use to rhyme with "say"?

7 & 8. Provide two other sets of rhyming words used by Shel Silverstein.
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"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue -
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke -
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is - what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is . . . Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
Definitions for the vocabulary words above were adapted from the  Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English online.

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