Lesson Plan:

Word Families: Bake a Cake

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August 6, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify words within the -ake word family.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Call the students together as a group.
  • Write on the whiteboard, "Let's bake a cake and take it to Jake."
  • Ask the students to identify any similarities or patterns that they see.
  • Take responses by raised hands.
  • Ask a student to come up and underline all of the words in the same family.
  • Ask another student to come up and circle all the first letters in each word that is underlined.
  • Tell the class that today we will be learning the -ake word family.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Tell the students that the -ake family of words must have a beginning letter to make sense.
  • Tell the students that words in the -ake family rhyme.
  • Give some examples, e.g. snake, lake, rake and fake.
  • Write the words on the whiteboard.
  • Ask the students to repeat the words after you.
  • Tell the students that the 'e' at the end is silent, and it turns the 'a' into a long vowel.
  • Play the Word Family Patterns - ake video.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Allow the students to work in pairs.
  • Give one student pink sticky notes with the letters b, c, sn, l, sh, and r written on them.
  • Give the other student five yellow sticky notes with -ake written on each one.
  • Ask the students to put together their notes to make five different -ake words.
  • The students should come up with bake, cake, snake, lake, shake and rake.
  • Allow the students to switch sticky notes and practice making the same words again.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Provide students with pencils.
  • Have students complete the My Rhyming Book worksheet independently.
  • Give the students crayons and let them color the pictures.
  • Cut out and staple students' books together as they finish.
  • Allow the students to read their books to each other.



  • Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to work on writing a list of as many -ake words that they can think of between activities.
  • Support: Give struggling students -ake words that correspond only to a visual stimulant. Pictures are an easy way to recall the work. For example: cake, snake, rake, lake can all be viewed as an image. Display the pictures for these three words if students have trouble remembering them.

Related Books and/or Media


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Give the students a brief spelling test.
  • call out seven different -ake words and have the students write them down.
  • Collect students' responses and review them later to assess their comprehension.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

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