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Read and Understand Rhyming Poems

In this worksheet, students read two short rhyming poems and answer questions on them.

'Read and Understand Rhyming Poems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Listen to and Discuss Texts

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Rhyming words are words that end with the same sound.

For example:

hand, sand

dog, fog, clog

 

In this worksheet, you can read two rhyming poems and answer questions on them. Try reading them out loud or ask someone to read them to you so that you can listen carefully to the ends of each line.

 

The first poem is from the well-known fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

 

Fe, fi, fo, fum,

I smell the blood of an Englishman;

Be he alive or be he dead,

I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

 

The second poem is one that children used to sing in playground games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

Read the rhyme from Jack and the Beanstalk again.

 

Fe, fi, fo, fum,

I smell the blood of an Englishman;

Be he alive or be he dead,

I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

 

Which word in the poem rhymes with 'dead'?

grind

bones

bread

The last line has been taken away from the poem.

 

Fe, fi, fo, fum,

I smell the blood of an Englishman;

Be he alive or be he dead,

_______________________________ .

 

Which of the lines in the list could be used instead? It is important that the last word still rhymes with 'dead'.

I'll grind his bones to feed my dog.

I'll grind his bones and make some soup.

I'll grind his bones then go to bed.

Now look at the Cobbler poem again.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

 

There are some old fashioned words in this poem because it was made up a long time ago. What do you think a cobbler is?

a person who makes bread

a person who makes shoes

a person who makes clothes

a person who makes cars

What does the last line mean?

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

I will cut a crown in half and give it to the cobbler.

I will give the cobbler some money.

Find the word in the poem that rhymes with 'shoe' and write it in the answer box.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

Find the word in the poem that rhymes with 'down' and write it in the answer box.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

The last line has been taken away from the poem. Choose a new line that will still rhyme with the line before.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

__________________________.

And then I'll give you lots of money.

And then I'll take you into town.

And then I'll buy you some new boots.

  • Question 1

Read the rhyme from Jack and the Beanstalk again.

 

Fe, fi, fo, fum,

I smell the blood of an Englishman;

Be he alive or be he dead,

I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

 

Which word in the poem rhymes with 'dead'?

CORRECT ANSWER
bread
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'dead' and 'bread' end in the same sound as each other.
  • Question 2

The last line has been taken away from the poem.

 

Fe, fi, fo, fum,

I smell the blood of an Englishman;

Be he alive or be he dead,

_______________________________ .

 

Which of the lines in the list could be used instead? It is important that the last word still rhymes with 'dead'.

CORRECT ANSWER
I'll grind his bones then go to bed.
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'bed' rhymes with 'dead'.
  • Question 3

Now look at the Cobbler poem again.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

 

There are some old fashioned words in this poem because it was made up a long time ago. What do you think a cobbler is?

CORRECT ANSWER
a person who makes shoes
EDDIE SAYS
You can work out the correct answer from the words 'mend my shoe'.
  • Question 4

What does the last line mean?

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

CORRECT ANSWER
I will give the cobbler some money.
EDDIE SAYS
In old-fashioned money a crown was a coin.
  • Question 5

Find the word in the poem that rhymes with 'shoe' and write it in the answer box.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

CORRECT ANSWER
two
Two
EDDIE SAYS
It is the sound of the words that is important, not the way they are spelt.
  • Question 6

Find the word in the poem that rhymes with 'down' and write it in the answer box.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

And then I'll give you half a crown.

CORRECT ANSWER
crown
Crown
EDDIE SAYS
This time the words are spelt the same way. They both end in -own.
  • Question 7

The last line has been taken away from the poem. Choose a new line that will still rhyme with the line before.

 

Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe

Get it done by half past two

Stitch it up and stitch it down

__________________________.

CORRECT ANSWER
And then I'll take you into town.
EDDIE SAYS
'Town' rhymes with 'down'.
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