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Ape Cape
Target text


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with ape.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ape
  • cape
  • tape
  • grape
  • drape
  • shape
  • escape


  • Cape pattern* 
  • Shape, grape, cape, images*
  • Picture of ape*

*Items included below. 

Tell the children that they will play with an ape in a cape as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with ape, such as cape, tape, shape, and grape.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

Read the target word with the children: ape, cape, tape, grape, drape, shape, escape.
The Ape in a Cape

Read the story below and have the children listen for words that rhyme with ape as they do suggested actions.

Say: Suggested Action:
I have an ape. I have a cape. Ape and cape rhyme. Show the children the ape and the cape.
Put the cape on the ape. Drape the cape. Drape the cape on the ape. Put the cape on the ape and have the children repeat ¨Drape the cape!¨
The ape has a cape. Now the ape in a cape can fly! Show the ape flying around the room. 
Oh no! The ape ran into tape! Start wrapping tape around ape and cape.
Tape the ape! Tape the cape around the ape!

Wrap tape around ape and cape.

Have the children repeat ¨Tape the ape!

What can we do? Scrape the tape? Scrape the tape! Have children help scrape the tape off of the ape while having them repeat ¨Scrape the tape!¨
The ape can escape. Yeah! The ape can escape from the tape! Pass the ape around to each child and have them say ¨The ape can escape!

Tape the ape

  • Give the children an ape, cape, and different items to tape (see below).
  • Let the children tape the cape, grapes and shapes to the ape.
  • Have the children say a sentence about what they will tape to the ape (e.g., ¨I will tape a grape to the ape!¨)
    Produce words that rhyme with ape
  • Remind the children of the words they played with (ape, cape, escape).  
  • Hand the ape in a cape to one of the children and ask that children to think of a word that rhymes with ape.
  • When they say a word that rhymes with ape, have them "fly" the ape to their neighbor.
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce words that rhyme with ape.


  • Cape(s) (e.g., a sheet, pillowcase, towel)

Activity: Ape Cape

  • Ask your child if he or she can pretend to be an ape, and pretend to be apes together.
  • Tie a cape on your child and say, “Now you are an ape with a cape! A cape can help you fly!” and pretend to fly together.
  • Ask your child, “What if someone tried to steal your cape? Would you hurry away and escape?” then pretend to escape from a cape thief.
  • Help your child remember the words that rhyme with ape (e.g., grape, tape, drape).
  • Make up a story together about an ape with a cape using as many words that rhyme with ape as you can.
  • Act out the story together for stuffed animals, family members or friends.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.