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Ape Cape
Target text


Read and write long-a-silent-e words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ape
  • ate
  • cape
  • tape
  • grape
  • shape


  • Tissue box, cereal box, or cardboard box
  • Ape image*
  • Cape pattern*
  • Shape, grape, cape images*
  • Ape face*
  • Picture cards*
  • Tape the Ape target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will tape things on an ape and that they will read and write words with the long-a-silent-e pattern, such as ape, cape, tape, shape and grape.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

Read the target words with the children: ape, ate, cape, cake, tape, shape, grape.

Tape the ape

  • Read the Tape the Ape target text (see below) with the children.
  • Give the children an ape, cape, and different items to tape (see below).
  • Let the children tape the cape, grapes, and shapes to the ape.
  • Have the children label their ape.
  • Let the children write a sentence about their ape (e.g., My ape has a blue cape).

Cake for the ape

  • Cut out the ape face (see below). 
  • Put the ape face on a tissue, cereal, or cardboard box leaving a hole for the mouth.
  • Let the children feed the ape using the picture cards (see below).
  • Have the children tell what the ape ate (e.g., The ape ate a piece of cake! The ape ate a grape).

Contrast the number of letters and sounds

  • List long-a-silent-e target words (e.g., ape, cape, tape, shape, grape).
  • Write a long-a-silent-e word (e.g., cape) and ask:
    • How many letters does it have? (e.g., four: c + a + p + e).
    • How many sounds does it have? (e.g., three: c + ā + p).

Write sentences using target words and phrases

Tell the children to write short sentences using target words.

  • Tape the ___ (cape) to the ape.
  • I see a ____ (grape) on the ape.
  • There is a shape on the ___ (ape).
  • The ape ___ (ate) a grape.
  • The ape ate a ___ (cake).
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SEEL Target Texts

Tape the Ape

Tape the cape to the ape.
Tape the grape to the ape.
Tape the shapes to the ape.
Look! The ape has a cape, a grape, and shapes!
Look! The ape ate the grape.
Now the ape wants to eat cake!
The ape ate a grape cake!

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.