Park Your Car

Park Your Car
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • car
  • far
  • jar
  • park
  • star
  • mark
  • start


  • Jar
  • Masking tape, chalk, or a picture of a parking lot*
  • Drawings or pictures of stars*
  • Two sets of the -ar words*
  • Directions on sentence strips*
  • Toy cars or pictures of cars* 
  • Park sign*
  • I Park My Car target text*
  • Start the Race at the Starting Mark target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will park cars and then read and write words with​
-ar​, such as​ barn​,​ star​, arm,​and​ smart.

Literacy Activities
Put -ar words in parking spaces

  • Make a parking lot with masking tape or chalk (example below) that has spaces that can fit -ar word cards.
  • Place the Park sign (found below) by the parking lot.
  • Place one set (eight words) of -ar words (found below) in a jar.
  • Let the children pick words from the jar, read the words, and place them in parking spaces. 

Park cars on -ar words in a parking lot

  • Place the second set of -ar words in the jar and let the children pick words out.
  • Let the children park the cars (toys or pictures found below) in the parking space that matches the word that they picked.
  • Ask the children to explain where they parked (e.g., “I parked on the word star.”). 
  • Place stars to mark some parking spaces and have the children read the words marked by stars.

Follow directions that deal with cars, stars, and marks

  • Using the picture of the parking lot, have the children follow the directions on the sentence strips (found below).

Park at a snack bar

  • Read the I Park My Car target text (found below) with the children.
  • Pretend to drive a car to a snack bar, a park, and a farm and park in a backyard or a parking lot.  
  • Show the children that the word backyard is made up of the back and yard.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the I Park My Car target text with you.
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ar.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Start the Race at the Starting Mark target text (found below). 

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., car, jar, start, farm, barn, park, star, barn, dart, far, card, hard, arm, smart).
  • Display the -ar words and have children incorporate them into sentences about how they got to park and drive cars (e.g., “I can drive to the park. I parked the car far away.”).
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SEEL Target Texts

I Park My Car

I start my car at the start of the day.
I drive my car—but not far away.
I go as far as the snack bar. 
I park my car at the snack bar.
I drive again and go to a park.  
I park my car not far from the park.
I start my car again. 
I go far in my car.
I pass farms.
I drive till it is dark. I can see stars.
I park my car in my backyard.  
What a day of driving and parking my car!

Start the Race at the Starting Mark

It is time to start the race.
Place your car at the mark that says Start.
Ready, set, start your car!
See how far your car will go.
Will the car make it to the Not too far mark?
Will the car go to the Far away mark?
Will the car make it to the Very far mark?
Did the car make it far away from the start?
Make a mark that is not too far away from the start.
Make a mark that is far away from the start.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.