make snake shapes

Make Snake Shapes

Make Snake Shapes
Target text


Read and write words ending in the long-a-silent-e vowel pattern (e.g., snake).

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fake
  • snake
  • make
  • shake
  • wake
  • plate
  • shape


  • Play dough or paper for children to make a snake 
  • A Fake Snake, A Snake on a Plate, and A Snake Ate Grapes and Cake target texts 
  • Paper plate
  • Crayons or markers
  • Activity sheet: a race track with bases and places to add -ase and -ace words

State and Model the Objective
The children will make a fake snake and read and write words with the long-a-silent-e pattern, such as make, fake, lake, snake, rake, wake, and shake.
Literacy Activities
Play with snakes, cakes, and grapes on a plate

  • Demonstrate making a fake snake and making the snake into a shape.
  • Give children paper or dough to make a snake.
  • Let children make or draw objects on a paper plate: a snake, a cake, a grape, a rake, a cape, a shape, a lake. 
  • Place a snake on a plate, and shake the plate to wake up the snake.
  • Make comments using words containing the long-a sound:
    • The fake snake is not awake. Let’s give him a shake!
    • I put my snake on a plate.
    • I can shake the snake. 
    • The snake can make the plate shake and quake.
    • You can shake the fake snake.
    • Make the snake into a shape.
    • The fake snake fell in a lake.
    • It’s okay. It’s just a fake snake.
    • I made a snake. I made a fake snake.
    • I’ll make fake grapes and a fake cake on a plate for a snake.
    • Here comes the fake snake!
    • A snake is on the plate.
    • The fake snake ate a bit of cake on the plate.
    • The snake rakes up bits of cake on the plate.
    • The fake snake can rake the rest of the fake grapes and fake cake. 
    • The snake ate and raked up cake and can’t stay awake.
    • Shh—don’t shake the plate and don’t wake the fake snake.

Read texts about the activity that highlight silent-e words

  • Engage the children in reading the target text Fake Snake Shapes.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Read two other texts with the children: A Snake on a Plate and A Snake Ate Grapes and a Cake.

Write about the activity using words with the silent-e pattern 

  • Write a prompt on the board like "My fake snake . . ."
  • Make a word wall available for the children that includes the words lake, make, rake, fake, shape, grape, ate, plate, wake, awake, and ate.
  • Have the children complete the prompt using words from the word wall (e.g., My fake snake can make a shape, My fake snake ate a grape).
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SEEL Target Texts

Fake Snake Shapes

Fake snake shapes.
I like fake snakes!
My fake snake is awake.
My fake snake swims in a lake.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.