make cake

Make Cake
Target text


Rhyme, blend, and segment words that end in ake.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Cardboard box
  • Large spoon
  • Bowl
  • Cake pan
  • Picture of a cake*
  • Picture cards*

*Items included below.

State the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a cake and that they will play with words that rhyme with cake, such as make, take, bake, rake, and shake.

Literacy Activities
Make a cake

  • Tell the children that they’ll be making a pretend cake together.
  • Invite the children to repeat what you say as you pretend to make a cake.
Say: Do:
Make, make, make cake! Show the children a picture of a cake (see below) and then hide it inside the pretend oven (cardboard box).
Take! Take! Take to make a cake! Have the children take out a bowl, a spoon, and the cake ingredient picture cards (see below).
Break, break, break some eggs. Show the children the egg picture cards (see below) and pretend to break them into the bowl.
Take! Shake! Take and shake. Let the children shake the pretend ingredients (flour, milk, and water) into the bowl.
Make, make, make cake! Let the children stir the pretend batter and pour or shake it into a cake pan.
Bake, bake, bake cake. Bake! Bake! Bake cake! Put the cake pan in the pretend oven. Wait a minute while the cake “bakes.”
Cake! Cake! Take the picture of a cake out of the pretend oven.
Break, break, break the cake! Break or cut the cake for the children.
Take cake! Take the cake! Give each child a piece of cake.
Mmmm! Cake! Cake! Cake! Pretend to eat the cake.
Rake, rake, rake cake! Have the children pretend to use their fingers to rake up crumbs.

Play a rhyming game

  • Remind the children of words that rhyme with cake (e.g., make, bake, take).
  • Lay out two picture cards (see below) that rhyme with cake (e.g., rake and lake) and one picture card that does not rhyme (e.g., cat, ball).
  • Read the words and help the children decide which two words rhyme.

List steps to make a cake

  • List words that rhyme with cake (e.g., make, take, bake, rake, shake).
  • List the steps involved in making a cake and have the children clap each time they hear a word that rhymes with cake.
    • Take the cake ingredients.
    • Shake in the ingredients.
    • Mix to make the cake.
    • Shake the cake into a cake pan.
    • Bake the cake.
    • Take the cake out.
    • Eat the cake.
    • Rake up the cake.

Produce rhyme words

  • List -ake rhyme words and point out the -ake endings.
  • Remind the children of words that rhyme with cake (e.g., rake, make, bake).
  • Ask the children to think of words that rhyme with cake and give suggestions (e.g., “how about make?).

Blend and segment rhyme words

  • Have the children segment and blend the word cake.
    • Segment the word cake by clapping once for each sound and then for the whole word (e.g., c  + ā  + k : cake).
  • Repeat with other words that rhyme with cake (e.g., take, bake, lake, wake).
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with cake. 


  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cake pan
  • Picture cards*

*Items included above. 

Activity: Make Cake

  • Make a cake using ingredient picture cards (see above).
  • As you make the cake, use words that rhyme with make.
    • Take out the ingredients.
    • Break the eggs.
    • Shake the ingredients.
    • Make the cake by combining ingredients.
    • Bake the cake in the oven.
  • Pretend to eat cake together.
  • List words that rhyme with cake and comment on words that rhyme (e.g., cake and bake rhyme).
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