We Made and Ate a Cake

We Made and Ate a Cake
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ate
  • made
  • bake
  • sale
  • plate
  • share
  • shake


  • Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Paper plates
  • Box
  • Picture cards*
  • Word cards*
  • We Made and Ate Cake target text*
  • Let’s Make a Cake target text*
  • Flour (optional)

*Items included below.

State the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a cake and that they will read and write long-a-silent-e words, such as ate, made, bake, sale, plate, share, and shake.

Literacy Activities
Introduce the target pattern

  • Display long-a-silent-e words (e.g., ate, made, bake, sale, plate, share, shake).
  • Read the words with the children.
  • Explain that the e at the end of the words is silent and makes the vowel say its name.

Bake a cake

  • Read the Let’s Make a Cake target text (see below) with the children.
  • Tell the children to use spoons to mix flour and water in a bowl, or have them mix pictures of the ingredients (see below).
  • Have the children draw a picture of a cake on a paper plate.
  • Tell the children to write cake, plate, and make a cake from dictation on their cake picture.

Bake long-a-silent-e words

  • Read the We Made and Ate Cake target text (see below).
  • Have the children read the a_e word cards and put the cards in a bowl.
  • Help the children write additional a_e words (e.g., place, scrape, late) on slips of paper to add to the bowl.
  • Let the children mix the a_e words and pretend to make a “cake” out of the words and “bake” the cake in the pretend oven (a box).

Contrast the number of letters and sounds

  • List long-a-silent-e target words (e.g., ate, made, bake, sale, plate, share, shake).
  • Write a silent-e word (e.g., make) and ask:
    • How many letters does it have? (e.g., four, m + a + k + e)
    • How many sounds does it have? (e.g., three, m + ā + k)
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SEEL Target Texts

We Made and Ate Cake

We made a cake!
The cake came out of the oven just in time.
It’s time to share the cake.
You’d hate to be late and not get cake.

But if you are late, we will save some cake.
We will place the cake on a plate.
We will save it for you.
You can try the cake we made.

Let's Make a Cake

Let’s make a cake!
Get what we need to make a cake.
Get cake mix, a bowl, and a pan.
Shake the cake mix into a bowl.
Scrape the cake batter into a cake pan.
Place the cake pan in the oven to bake.
Let the cake bake.

Take the cake out of the oven.
Place the cake on a plate.
Slice up the cake.
Set up a place to share the cake.
It’s time to eat the 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.