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Recognise Rhyming Couplets

In this worksheet, students practise identifying rhyming couplets in a variety of rhymes.

'Recognise Rhyming Couplets' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Recognise Literary Language

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Poets use rhyme in different ways when writing poetry (and some poems don't rhyme at all).

 

Rhyming couplets are two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme with each other. This means that the second rhyme comes straight after the first rhyme with no lines in between.

 

Look at this well-known nursery rhyme:


 

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well.

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Thin.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.


Each set of two lines is called a rhyming couplet. So in this nursery rhyme there are three rhyming couplets.

 

Rhyming couplets are very common in nursery rhymes. In this worksheet you can read different nursery rhymes and decide whether or not they contain rhyming couplets.

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,

Kissed the girls and made them cry.

When the boys came out to play

Georgie Porgie ran away.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Pease porridge hot,

Pease porridge cold,

Pease porridge in the pot

Nine days old.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick,

Jack jump over

The candle stick.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Oh the grand old Duke of York,

He had ten thousand men.

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Bye, baby bunting,

Daddy's gone a-hunting,

Gone to get a rabbit skin

To wrap the baby bunting in.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

In quite a lot of nursery rhymes some of the lines are rhyming couplets but others are not.

 

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Old Mother Hubbard

Went to the cupboard

To fetch her poor dog a bone.

But when she got there

The cupboard was bare

And so the poor dog had none.

one

two

three

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Old Farmer Giles

Walked seven miles

With his faithful dog, old Rover.

And old Farmer Giles

When he came to the stiles,

Took a run and jumped clean over.

one

two

three

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey.

There came down a spider,

Who sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffiet away.

one

two

three

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Tom, Tom, the piper's son,

Stole a pig and away did run.

The pig was eat,

And Tom was beat,

And Tom went howling

Down the street.

one

two

three

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

The North wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what will poor Robin do then,

Poor thing?

He'll sit in a barn,

And keep himself warm,

And hide his head under his wing,

Poor thing.

one

two

three

four

  • Question 1

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,

Kissed the girls and made them cry.

When the boys came out to play

Georgie Porgie ran away.

CORRECT ANSWER
rhyming couplets
EDDIE SAYS
'Pie' and 'cry' rhyme, and so do 'play' and 'away'.
  • Question 2

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Pease porridge hot,

Pease porridge cold,

Pease porridge in the pot

Nine days old.

CORRECT ANSWER
not rhyming couplets
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'hot' and 'pot' rhyme, and so do 'cold' and 'old' but the rhymes don't come straight after each other so they are not rhyming couplets.
  • Question 3

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick,

Jack jump over

The candle stick.

CORRECT ANSWER
not rhyming couplets
  • Question 4

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Oh the grand old Duke of York,

He had ten thousand men.

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again.

CORRECT ANSWER
not rhyming couplets
  • Question 5

Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Bye, baby bunting,

Daddy's gone a-hunting,

Gone to get a rabbit skin

To wrap the baby bunting in.

CORRECT ANSWER
rhyming couplets
  • Question 6

In quite a lot of nursery rhymes some of the lines are rhyming couplets but others are not.

 

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Old Mother Hubbard

Went to the cupboard

To fetch her poor dog a bone.

But when she got there

The cupboard was bare

And so the poor dog had none.

CORRECT ANSWER
two
EDDIE SAYS
Lines one and two are a rhyming couplet (Hubbard and cupboard) and so are lines four and five (there and bare).
  • Question 7

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Old Farmer Giles

Walked seven miles

With his faithful dog, old Rover.

And old Farmer Giles

When he came to the stiles,

Took a run and jumped clean over.

CORRECT ANSWER
two
  • Question 8

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey.

There came down a spider,

Who sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffiet away.

CORRECT ANSWER
two
EDDIE SAYS
This type of verse with six lines is very popular. The third line rhymes with the sixth line even though they are not a couplet.
  • Question 9

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Tom, Tom, the piper's son,

Stole a pig and away did run.

The pig was eat,

And Tom was beat,

And Tom went howling

Down the street.

CORRECT ANSWER
two
EDDIE SAYS
This time it is lines one and two and lines three and four that are couplets. The word 'street' rhymes with 'eat' and 'beat' but it is not a couplet.
  • Question 10

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

The North wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what will poor Robin do then,

Poor thing?

He'll sit in a barn,

And keep himself warm,

And hide his head under his wing,

Poor thing.

CORRECT ANSWER
two
EDDIE SAYS
This time it is the first two lines and the last two lines. This is quite unusual.
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