Do Not Wake a Snake


Read and write long-a-silent-e words with the -ake pattern.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rake
  • fake
  • make
  • snake
  • cake
  • lake
  • take
  • brake
  • shake


  • Rake graphic (see below)
  • Snake graphic (see below) or paper to make a snake
  • Lake graphic (see below) or blue paper to make a lake
  • Cake graphic (see below)
  • Cake to eat (optional)
  • Let’s Make a Fake Rake target text (see below)
  • Do Not Wake a Snake target text (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)


The children will make a fake rake and will read and write words that end with -ake, such as rake, fake, make, cake, snake, and lake.
Practice the skill within an activity
Make fake rakes, snakes, lakes, and cakes

  • Have children cut out a rake graphic and attach a paper handle to make a fake rake (see graphic below).
  • Cut out a paper snake (see graphic below) or make fake snakes with rolled up paper.
  • Make a lake out of blue paper or color a picture of a lake (see graphic below).
  • Cut out a paper cake (see graphic below).
  • Comment on how the rake, snake, lake, and cake are fake—they aren’t real.

Wake up a snake napping by a lake

  • Pretend that snakes are napping under leaves by a lake.
  • Have the children rake up leaves and wake up the snakes.
  • When the snakes wake up, let the children take the rakes and snakes that are awake away from the lake.

After the raking by the lake, enjoy a bite of cake 

  • Let the children sit by the paper lake.
  • Give the children a bite of real or paper cake.
  • Pretend to rake up the leftover cake.
  • Shake or rake bits of cake into the lake.

Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • rake —> make; snake —> brake; fake —> take
    • make —> made; take —> tape; lake —> like

Read target words in texts

  • Read the Let’s Make a Fake Rake target text (see below) with the children.
  • Read the text again, but with faded support.
  • Put a line through the silent e in -ake words to indicate that it is silent.
  • Repeat with the Do Not Wake a Snake target text (see below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Have the children write words from dictation: fake, bake, make, snake, rake, cake, and bake.
  • Have the children write cake or snake from dictation and change one letter to make a new word: take, fake, bake, bike, mike, make, bake, brake, broke, spoke.
  • Have the children write sentences from a sentence starter:
    • “I can make a fake . . .” (rake, snake, lake, cake).
    • “I like to pretend to . . .” (rake up cake, wake up snakes, sit by a lake).

SEEL Target Texts

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Do Not Wake a Snake Napping by a Lake

Look! A snake is taking a nap by the lake.
The snake is not awake.
Should we wake the snake?
Should we shake the snake?
Should we yell, “Wake up, snake?”
We don’t want to wake the snake.
We will let the snake nap by the lake.
So let’s tip toe away from the lake and not wake the snake!

Let's Make a Fake Rake

Let’s make a fake rake, lake, snake and cake.
Make a rake out of paper.
Make a lake out of paper.
Make a snake out of paper.
Make a cake out of paper.
Take the fake rake and rake up things.
Rake up the fake snakes.
Rake up fake bits of cake.
Rake and rake with a fake rake.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.