a snake in the lake

A Snake in the Lake

A Snake in the Lake
Target text


Recognize and produce words that end in ake.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • snake
  • lake
  • take
  • bake
  • shake
  • rake


  • A sheet of blue paper or a bin of uncooked rice
  • Plastic cup
  • Pieces of ribbon, play-dough, or yarn
  • Clothespins, tweezers, or tongs 
  • Box
  • Plastic fork or spatula
  • A triangular piece of yellow paper

State the Objective

Tell the children they will pretend that there is a snake in the lake, and they will think of and say words that rhyme with lake, such as snake, shake, take, and rake.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Read the children a list of rhyming words from the activity.
  • Have the children repeat the words.
  • Point out that the words sound alike, or rhyme.

Make a lake and a snake

  • Read the Snake in the Lake target text (see below) to the children.
  • Say, “Let’s make a lake!” and lay out a piece of blue paper or a bin of uncooked rice to be the lake.
  • Have the children make snakes with a piece of ribbon, yarn, or play-dough.  
  • Help the children make a triangular “caution” sign with the yellow paper that says “Snake in the Lake.” 
  • Say, ¨Let's take the rake to take the snake out of the lake!” and let the children take a snake out of the lake with a plastic fork or a spatula.

Shake to find the snake

  • Put pieces of blue paper and pretend snakes into the plastic cup.
  • Ask the children to cover the plastic cup and shake it while saying, “Shake, shake, shake for a snake.”
  • Have the children take a snake using tweezers or tongs. 

Recognize rhyming words

  • Have the children repeat a pair of words (e.g., take, shake).
  • 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 words that rhyme with snake.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Snake in the Lake

I saw a snake
   in the lake.
It made me shake
   to see a snake in the lake.
I don’t like to swim in a lake
   with a snake.
For goodness’ sake!
I asked my dad to take the snake out of the lake.
He said, “Yes, go get the rake.”
Dad got the snake with the rake.
Now, there is no snake in the lake.

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.