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Ape Cape
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ape
  • cape
  • drape
  • tape
  • scrape
  • escape


  • Colored paper 
  • Yarn 
  • Ape graphic or stuffed animal  

The children will play with an ape in a cape as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with ape, such as drape, tape, scrape, and escape.

Literacy Activities
The Ape in a Cape

  • Hole punch the colored paper on two of the corners then thread the yarn through the corners of the colored paper to make a cap.
  • Ask the children to listen for words that rhyme with ape as you tell and they act out the following story:
Say: Suggested Action:
I have an ape. I have a cape. Ape and cape rhyme. Give each child a cape.
Put the cape on the ape. Drape the cape. Drape the cape on the ape. Have children drape their cape over themselves while you drape the cape on the ape.
The ape has a cape. Now the ape in a cape can fly! Show the ape flying around the room. Allow the children to "fly" if desired. 
Oh no! The ape ran into tape! Start wrapping tape around ape and cape.
Tape the ape! Tape the cape around the ape! Wrap tape around ape and cape!
What can we do? Scrape the tape? Scrape the tape! Have children help scrape the tape off of the ape.
The ape can escape. Yeah! The ape can escape from the tape! Fly the ape around the room again.
  • Ask the children what words they heard that rhyme with ape: cape, drape, tape, scrape, escape.

More Practice
Produce words that rhyme with ape

  • Have the children sit in a circle.
  • Remind the children of the words they played with (ape, cape, escape).  
  • Hand the ape in a cape to one of the children and ask that child to think of a word that rhymes with ape (support as needed).
  • When they say a word that rhymes with ape, have them "fly" the ape to their neighbor.
  • Repeat until every child has said a word that rhymes with ape.
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce words that rhyme with ape.


  • Cape(s) (e.g., a sheet, pillowcase, towel)

Activity: Ape Cape

  • Ask your child if he or she can pretend to be an ape, and pretend to be apes together.
  • Tie a cape on your child and say, “Now you are an ape with a cape! A cape can help you fly!” and pretend to fly together.
  • Ask your child, “What if someone tried to steal your cape? Would you hurry away and escape?” then pretend to escape from a cape thief.
  • Help your child remember the words that rhyme with ape (e.g., grape, tape, drape).
  • Make up a story together about an ape with a cape using as many words that rhyme with ape as you can.
  • Act out the story together for stuffed animals, family members or friends.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.