Make Cake
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with make (e.g., "Do make and cake rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with make.").

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • make
  • cake
  • take
  • bake
  • rake
  • break


  • Cake ingredients (real or pretend)
  • Previously prepared cake or pretend cake
  • Cardboard box
  • Large spoon, bowl, and cup
  • Cake pan

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a cake and practice saying words that rhyme with make, such as rake, wake, take, and bake.

Literacy Activities
Make Cake

  • Hide the previously-made cake inside the cardboard box "oven."
  • Invite the children to sit 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 a cake! Have the children pass the bowl around the circle and stir it.  
Take! Shake! Make cake! Show the children how to shake dry ingredients (salt, flour, etc.) into the bowl. Let each child shake in or pretend to shake in an ingredient. 
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 the children napkins.
Take cake! Take cake! Give each child a piece of cake or small piece of the cake graphic. 
Break, break, break cake!  Have the children break his or her piece of cake in two 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.
  • Help the children recall which words from the activity they noticed rhymed with make.

Read a rhyming text 

  • Have the children use the words from the activity that rhyme with make to explain how to make cake (e.g., 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.
  • Allow the children to repeat predictable phrases after you read the recipe to them again.
  • Help the children recognize which words in the text rhyme with make.

Produce words that rhyme with cake

  • Pass a clean mixing bowl and spoon around a circle and ask each child to stir the pretend cake and say a word that rhymes with cake, supporting as needed.

Clap and say the sounds in words that rhyme with cake 

  • Have the children segment and rebuild the word cake by 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).

SEEL At Home

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with make.


  • Ingredients for a cake 
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Cake pan

Activity: Make Cake

  • Make and bake a cake (or a pretend cake) with your child, pointing out that make, bake, and cake rhyme. 
  • As you make the cake, use words that rhyme with make to describe what you are doing:
    • break (for eggs)
    • shake (for dry ingredients)
    • take (when handing child ingredients)
    • make (while stirring)
    • bake (while cake is in the oven)
  • While the cake bakes (or while you draw a cake together), help your child use words that rhyme with make to explain how to make a cake (e.g., wake, make, break, take, shake, bake).
  • Write down your child’s “recipe” for making a cake and read it aloud, 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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.