Fake Snake


Recognize (e.g. "Do fake and snake rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g. "What rhymes with snake?") words that rhyme with snake. Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fake
  • snake
  • make
  • shake
  • wake


  • Play dough -enough for each child to make a snake
  • Make a Fake Snake text (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will make a fake snake with play dough and practice saying words that rhyme with snake.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make a fake snake

  • Tell the children they will be making fake snakes and explain that fake means not real or pretend.
  • Demonstrate making a fake snake with play dough by shaping it into a cylinder, then rolling it under your hands on a desk or table.
  • Give the children enough play dough to make a fake snake and point out that fake and snake rhyme. 
  • Invite the children to repeat the rhyme, "fake snake" while they roll the play dough back and forth.
  • Tell the children to shape their snake into a circle and pretend it is asleep.
  • Have the children repeat the rhyme, "wake snake" to try to wake their snake up.
  • Allow the children to shake their snake as they repeat the rhyme, "shake snake."
  • Ask the children to tell you some of the words that rhyme with snake that they heard in the activity.

Apply the skill

Read a predictive, repetitive text to the children to support print awareness (see text below) 

  • Display the text Make a Fake Snake (see below) large enough for children to easily see.
  • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence.
  • Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence. 
  • Allow the children to shadow read by repeating predictable phrases after you read the text to them again.
  • Ask the children which words in the text rhyme with snake.
  • Reread the story and have the children act out the text with their fake play dough snakes.

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with snake
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (fake, snake, make, wake).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with hum (shake, bake, cake).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with snake
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about flake?  Does flake rhyme with snake?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do brake and snake rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. fake, snake)
    • Ask the children to shake their hands in the air if the words rhyme and keep their hands still if the words do not rhyme.
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., wake, shake; cake, gum; take, bake; lake, sake; flake, truck; make, brake).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

SEEL Target Texts

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Make a Fake Snake

Make a fake snake. 
Shake the fake snake.
Wake up, Fake Snake!
Fake Snake won't wake.
Fake Snake is fake.

SEEL At Home

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Recognize (e.g. “Do fake and snake rhyme?”) and/or produce (e.g. “What rhymes with snake?”) words that rhyme with snake.


  • Long, thin strips of paper (colored or white)  
  • Paper & pencil

Activity: Make a Fake Snake

  • Ask your child if he or she wants to make a fake snake with you.
  • Show your child how to start at one end of the strip of paper and fold it back and forth in small segments like an accordion all the way to the end of the paper.
  • Help your child make their paper strip into a fake snake.
  • Do actions with your fake snakes together (e.g., shake the snake, wake the snake, take the snake).
  • Talk together about the actions you did that rhyme with snake: shake, wake, take.
  • Have fun calling out an -ake action word for each other to act out with your snake.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.