bake a cake
Read and write long-a-silent-e words (e.g., make, cake).
- Baking utensils (e.g., bowl, spoon, cake pan) or pictures of utensils
- Flour, sugar, water to pretend to make a cake or pictures of ingredients
- Box to use as a pretend oven
- A baked cake or a picture of a cake
- Coconut flakes, chocolate flakes, or bits of paper to use as flakes (optional)
- Word cards
- Bake a Cake target text
State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to make a cake and read and write words with the long-a-silent-e pattern, such as make, cake, bake, shake, take, and wake.
Bake a Cake
- Hide a picture of a cake or a bit of real cake in a pretend oven (e.g., a box or cupboard).
- Write the words make, bake, take, and cake on the board and point out the long-a-silent-e pattern.
- Set out utensils and ingredients to pretend to make a cake, or set out pictures.
- Have the children shake in ingredients (real or pretend) as they take turns making the cake:
- Say, “Shake, shake” as children repeatedly shake in bits of flour, sugar, or water.
- Say, “Make, make the cake” as children repeatedly take turns mixing.
- Pour or “shake” the batter into a cake pan.
- Put the cake pan into the “oven” and say, “Cake, bake!”
- Say, “Ding! The cake is baked.”
- Say, “Take cake” as you take the real cake or picture out of the oven.
- Say, “Shake, shake on flakes” if adding flakes to the cake.
- Offer bits of the real, pretend, or pictured cake to the children and say, “Take cake!”
- Help the children make a list of the words used throughout the activity that end with -ake (i.e., make, bake, cake, shake, take).
Bake -ake words
- Have the children read the -ake word cards and place the cards in the mixing bowl.
- Let the children write words ending in -ake to add to the bowl.
- Allow the children to mix the -ake words as they pretend to make a “cake” out of words and “bake” the word cake in the pretend oven.
Read target words in a text
- Engage the children in reading the Bake a Cake target text simultaneously with you.
- Read the text again, but fade support.
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Refer the children to target words displayed on a word wall (e.g., bake, cake, make, shake, take) and display other useful words such as flour, sugar, egg, salt, and water.
- Ask the children to write a sentence or two related to what they did to make and bake a cake.
SEEL Target Texts
Let’s Make and Bake a Cake
Shake the ingredients into the bowl.
Take the spoon and stir the mix together.
Bake the cake in the oven.
Take the cake out of the oven when it is baked.
Take a bite of the cake to see how it baked.
Mmmm. It tastes good.
Bake a Cake