fake rake

Fake Rake
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with fake (e.g., "Do rake and fake rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with fake.").

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fake
  • rake
  • wake
  • cake
  • lake
  • snake


  • Picture cards*
  • Rake, cake, lake, and snake graphics*
  • Real leaves or leaf graphics*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a fake rake as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with fake, such as rake, lake, snake, make, and bake.

Literacy Activities
Wake up a snake by a lake

  • Have the children lay out the lake and snake graphics (see below) on a table or floor, then give each child a fake rake graphic (see below).
  • Pretend that the fake snakes are napping under real or pretend leaves (see below) by the fake lake.
  • Have the children rake up the leaves using a fake rake and pretend to accidentally wake up the snakes. 
  • When the snakes wake up, tell the children not to rake the snakes, but to let them slither away.
  • Help the children remember the words from the activity that rhyme with fake (e.g., rake, lake, snake).

Enjoy a piece of cake by the lake

  • Let the children sit by the fake lake to have a bit of real or fake cake.
  • Take the real or fake cake and "break" the cake into pieces. 
  • Let the children take a bit of the real or fake cake.
  • Have each child say a word that rhymes with cake, supporting as needed.
  • Have the children rake up the bits of cake with a fake rake (or their fingers).
  • Shake pieces of fake or real cake into the garbage can (optional).

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with fake

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (e.g., rake, make, wake, snake)
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with rake (support as needed).

Recognize rhyme words using picture cards

  • Lay out two pictures that rhyme with lake (e.g., rake, snake) and one picture that does not (e.g., rock).
  • State all possible word pairs and help the children identify the picture that does not rhyme. 
  • Have one of the children use the fake rake (or their fingers) to rake away the picture that does not rhyme with fake.
  • Repeat with other sets of pictures:
    • lake, rock, cake
    • boat, rake, lake
    • snake, cake, girl
    • cake, bird, rake

Rhyming with fake

  • Show the children the graphics of a rake, lake, snake, and cake.
  • Explain that the rake, snake, lake and cake are fake and that those words all rhyme with fake. Explain that fake means that they aren't real.
  • Say fake followed by one of the rhyming words and have the children repeat the words back to you so they can hear the rhyme.
  • Repeat with other words that rhyme with fake.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.