Make Cake


Recognize (e.g. "Do make and cake rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g. "What rhymes with make?") rhyme words that end with -ake.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • make
  • cake
  • take
  • bake
  • shake
  • rake


  • Cake mix or ingredients for cake (real or pretend)
  • Previously prepared cake or pretend cake
  • Cardboard box for a pretend stove (hide previously prepared cake inside)
  • Large spoon, bowl, and cup
  • Cake pan
  • Napkins

State and model the objective 

Tell the children that they will make a cake and practice saying words that rhyme with cake.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make Cake

  • Invite the children sit cross-legged facing you and echo what you say
  • as you act out the following:
Say: Suggested Actions:
Make, make, make cake! Hold up cake mix. Then hold up the bowl and spoon.
Break, break, break an egg.  Show the children a fake or real egg. Then break it into the bowl.
Take! Take! Make cake! Have the children pass the bowl around the circle and stir it. Say, "Take! Take! Make a cake!" to each child. 
 Take! Shake! Make cake! Show the children how to shake dry ingredients (salt, flour etc.) into the bowl. Pass the bowl around the circle again and have the children shake the ingredients in, then mix the cake. Say, "Take! Shake! Make a cake!" to each child.
Make, make, make cake! Pour the cake mix into a pan.
Bake, bake, bake cake, Bake. Bake. Bake. Ding! Put the cake pan in the pretend oven. Then pretend to watch and wait while the cake bakes. 
Cake! Cake! Take the cake out of the pretend oven.
Take a break. Break for cake. Give children napkins and have them rip the napkin.
Take cake! Take cake! Give each child a piece of cake or small piece of paper. 
Break, break, break cake!  Have the children break his or her piece of cake into pieces or tear the paper. 
Mmmm! Cake! Cake! Cake! Eat or pretend to eat the cake.
Rake, rake, rake cake! Have the children use their fingers to rake crumbs onto their other hand or napkin to throw away.
  • Ask the children which words from the activity they noticed rhymed with cake.

Apply the skill

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

  • Have the children use the words from the activity that rhyme with cake to explain how to make cake (i.e., make, break, take, shake, bake).
  • Write down and display their "recipe" large enough for children to easily see.
  • Read the recipe to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence.
  • Read the recipe 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 recipe to them again.
  • Ask the children which words in the text rhyme with cake.

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with cake
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (cake, make, shake, bake).
    • Pass a clean mixing bowl and spoon around the circle and ask each child to stir the pretend cake and say a word that rhymes with cake (e.g. wake, rake, lake, fake).
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about wake?  Does wake rhyme with cake?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do fake and cake rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)

Practice blending and segmenting sounds in words

  • Clap and say the sounds in words that rhyme with cake 
    • Have the children say each sound of the word cake while doing the following:
    • segment sounds: say /c/ (left hand out), say /ake/ (right hand out)
    • blend sounds: clap hands together and say cake to blend the sounds into the whole word.
    • Repeat with other words that rhyme with cake (e.g. take, bake, sake, lake, wake).

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Recognize (e.g., “Do make and cake rhyme?”) and/or produce (e.g., “What rhymes with make?”) rhyme words that end in -ake.


  • Cake mix and ingredients (or for a pretend cake, use ripped up pieces of paper)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Cake pan

Activity: Make Cake

  • Make and bake a cake (or pretend cake) with your child. 
  • As you make the cake, use words that rhyme with cake to describe what you are doing (e.g., break [for eggs], shake [for dry ingredients], take [when handing child ingredients], make [while stirring], bake [while cake is in oven]). If using ripped up paper, pretend that pieces of paper are various ingredients.
  • While the cake is baking (or pretend baking), help your child use the words that rhyme with cake from the activity to explain how he or she made a cake (i.e., wake, make, break, take, shake, bake).
  • Write down your child’s “recipe” for making cake and read it back to him or her, asking your child to clap when he or she hears a word that rhymes with cake.
  • Eat cake together and enjoy!


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