a bit of a bite of cake

A Bit of a Bite of Cake

A Bit of a Bite of Cake
Target text


Read and write silent-e words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cake
  • bite
  • cute
  • face
  • shape
  • plate


  • Cake pan or box
  • A Bit of a Bite of Cake target text*
  • A Mud Cake target text*
  • Book: A Mud Cake by Brenda Nelson, 1984 (optional)
    Mud cake (optional)

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will make cute cake shapes and that they will read and write silent-e words, such as cake, bite, cute, face, shape, and plate.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the silent-e target words.
  • Read the words with the children.
  • Read the A Bit of a Bite of Cake target text (see below) and the A Mud Cake target text (see below) with the children and let them underline the silent-e words.

Cut cute cake shapes

  • Have the children draw a cake in a silent-e shape (e.g., kite, cane, cube, face).
  • Let the children cut out their cake shapes and label them (e.g., Kite Cake, Cane Cake, Cube Cake, Face Cake).
  • Allow the children to pretend to take bites of the cakes.

Make a mud cake

  • Read the A Mud Cake target text (see below) with the children.
  • Read A Mud Cake, by Brenda Nelson, with the children (optional).
  • Make and bring a mud cake (optional) to show to the children.
  • Model making a pretend mud cake (i.e., make gestures, pack the mud together in a mold (e.g., box or cake pan), pretend to put it in the oven, cut it up).
  • Have the children pretend to make a mud cake.

Write words from dictation

  • Help the children write words from dictation to contrast short-vowel versus long-vowel pairs.
    • mad and made
    • cut and cute
    • kit and kite
    • cub and cube
    • bit and bite

Contrast the number of letters and sounds

  • List silent-e target words (e.g., cake, bite, cute, face, shape, plate).
  • Have the children write silent-e words (e.g., cake, bite, made, make, cute, face, plate).
  • Show a word and ask:
    • How many letters does it have? (e.g., four, c + a + k + e)
    • How many sounds does it have? (e.g., three, c + ā + k)
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SEEL Target Texts

A Bit of a Bite of Cake

I made a cake.
It is a cute cake.
It is in the shape of a face.

I will not get mad if you take a bit of the cake.
I will not get mad if you take a bite of the cake I made.

I can share the cake with you.
You can put the cake on a plate.
You can cut the cake in a cute shape.
You can get more than a bit of a bite of cake.

You can get lots of bits and bites of my cake.
You can cut the cake in bits and bites.

A Mud Cake

What if I made a mud cake?
I can put mud in a box or pan and make a cake of mud.

Want to take a bite of mud cake?
You may get mad if I make you a mud cake.
A mud cake is not cute!
Nobody wants a bit of mud cake!

You do not want to bite into a cake made from mud.
You don’t want a mud 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.