Art Cart
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ar.

See Standards

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • art 
  • cart
  • part
  • dart 
  • mart 
  • start
  • apart  


  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Repurposed materials (e.g., cloth, string, yarn, Styrofoam)
  • Box
  • Paper wheels
  • Paper steering wheel, handle, or yarn

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make an art cart dart around and then read and write words that contain the -ar vowel pattern, such as mart, part, start, and apart.
Literacy Activities
Get the art cart ready to start

  • Tell the children they need to make a cart to deliver art supplies.
  • Ask for help putting the parts on the cart (the wheels, the steering wheel parts or yarn to pull the cart).
  • Put art supplies in the cart.
  • Pretend to start the art cart.
  • Tell the children that the cart will dart around to bring them parts to make art with.

Make art from parts in the art cart

  • Let the children make art from the parts in the art cart.
    • Take a part (e.g., string, paper scrap) from the cart, and glue it to another part to make art.

Read target words in texts

  • Read target text An Art Cart to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text with you.
  • List words from the text that have the r-controlled -ar pattern.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Start Making Art target text.

Write about the activity

  • Let the children write words as you say them: art, cart, dart, start, apart, part, mart.
  • Invite the children to use those words to write a few sentences about the activity (e.g., "We made the art cart dart.").
Read More

SEEL Target Texts

An Art Cart

Look at my art cart.  
I start the cart.
I put things in the cart to make art.
You can make art from the things in the cart.   
You can glue one part to another part to make art.
Don’t let your art fall apart.  
Then you can put your art back in the cart.
I will start the cart and dart to show off your art!
Thanks for taking part!

Start Making Art

Here is an art cart.
You can start making art.
Glue one part to another part. 
Don’t let the art fall apart! 
Look at your work of art!
What a smart looking piece of art!
Read More


SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.