Fake Rake


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Rake graphic (see below - make as many as desired depending on group size)
  • Lake graphic (see below) or blue paper to make a lake 
  • Snake graphic (see below) or you can use dough or paper to make a fake snake
  • Leaves (real or graphic - see below)
  • Real cake to eat (optional) or paper cake graphics (see below) to pretend to eat
  • Rock, boat, girl and bird graphics (see below) 

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will make a fake rake and will play by a pretend lake with words that rhyme with fake.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make fake rakes, snakes, lakes and cakes

  • Show the children the cut-out graphics of a rake, lake, snake, and cake.
  • Explain that the rake, snake, lake and cake are fake (they aren't real) and that they all rhyme.
  • Say the rhyming words one at a time and have the children repeat the words back to you.

Wake up a snake taking a nap by a lake

  • Have the children lay out the lake and the snakes (graphics below) on a table or floor.
  • Pretend that the snakes are napping under leaves (see below) by the lake.
  • Have the children rake up leaves and accidentally wake up the snakes. 
  • When the snakes wake up, tell the children not to rake the snakes but to let them slither away.
  • Have the children repeat the rhyming pairs that tell the story of the activity: fake lake, fake snake, fake rake, snake awake, and remind them not to bother real snakes.

After raking by the lake enjoy a piece of cake

  • Let the children sit by the lake to have a bit of real or fake cake.
  • Take the real or fake (paper) cake and "break" the cake
  • Let the children take a bit of the real or fake cake.
  • Have each child say a word that rhymes with cake.
  • 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).

Apply the skill

Practice Rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with rake
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (rake, make, wake, snake)
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with rake (take, shake, wake)
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with rake
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about fake? Do rake and fake rhyme?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that rake and fake rhyme)
      • "Do rake and cake rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize words that do and do not rhyme using pictures (see graphics below)
    • Lay out two pictures of words that end in -ake (e.g., rake, snake) and one picture that does not (e.g., rock).
    • State all possible word pairs and let the children help you 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



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.