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Bake Me a Cake!

Practise working with your students on long vowels, silent e, and word families in this fun -ake family lesson plan.
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Students will be able to identify and spell words in the -ake family.

(5 minutes)
  • Play the song, "Silent E is a Ninja" by the Electric Company to review long vowel sounds and the silent e rule.
  • Review the long vowel sound for the letter a and remind students of the silent e rule, referencing the song.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what the words bake and cake have in common.
  • Explain (or review) how a Word familyWorks. The ending sound stays the same but the beginning sound changes to make a new word. Provide students with a few examples of word family words.
  • Write -ake up on the board and demonstrate how the letter a in -ake makes the long a sound. Make sure to point out the silent e.
  • Record a few -ake words as a class and put them on the chart paper to make a classroom poster.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students think of a new first letter to add to -ake to make a new word. Have them write the letter on a blank index card and bring it to the board and write -ake after each letter to make a new word.
  • Read each new -ake word with the class.
  • Have the class help you write up a silly sentence using the -ake words.
(15 minutes)
  • Hand out the Bake an -ake Cake worksheet to each student to complete.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what the words bake and cake have in common.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students go on an -ake word hunt by looking for -ake words in books in the library. Students can record the words they find on the class chart of -ake words.

  • Support: Have students use the class chart to practise reading -ake words. Work with students to draw pictures to go with each -ake word.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect the worksheets and assess whether students were able to find and sort the -ake words in their worksheet.
  • Ask students to say an -ake word as their exit ticket when the lesson finishes.
(5 minutes)
  • Go over the words from the worksheet and ask students to tell you whether or not the words are -ake words.
  • Review the long vowel sounds and silent e rule with your students.

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