part of a cart

Part of a Cart

Part of a Cart
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • part
  • cart
  • tart
  • start
  • chart
  • smart


  • Go-cart graphic
  • -art sign
  • Word-building cards
  • A Cart That Won't Start target text
  • Words Have Parts target text

State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to be part of a cart and then will read and write words that end with -art, such as part, chart, dart, and mart.
Literacy Activities
Make a wheel with parts

  • Show the children a picture of a go-cart and point out that a wheel is a part of a go-cart, and that part and go-cart both end with -art.
  • Let the children make a go-cart wheel by standing in a circle and stretching one arm toward the middle to make the spokes.
  • Comment that each child is a part of the go-cart wheel.

Fix a cart that won't start

  • Read the A Cart Won't Start target text to the children. 
  • Have the children act out the story.

More Practice 
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the A Cart Won’t Start target text with you. 
  • Have the children make a list of the -art words in the text.
  • Invite the children to read the text again, fading support.

Build -art words from parts

  • Read the Words Have Parts target text to the children and show how you can build words with the word-building cards and the -art sign.
  • Have the children read the text as they build the words in the text using the word-building cards and the -art sign.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children write words as you say them: tart, cart, part, chart, dart, mart, smart, and start.
  • Ask the children to write about the go-cart that won’t start (e.g., “My go-cart did not start. I got a part for the go-cart. The part made the go-cart start.”).
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SEEL Target Texts

Words Have Parts

We can be smart and make words from their parts:
art is part of the word part.
art is a part of the word chart.
art is a part of the word smart.
art is part of the word start.
d is part of the word dart.
c is part of the word cart.
Words have parts.

A Cart That Won't Start

I have a fun go-cart.
But my go-cart won’t start.
I walked to WalMart® to buy a part for my go-cart.
I put the part in my go-cart to make it start.
I drove my go-cart back to WalMart to buy Pop-Tarts®.
Now I’m happy that my go-cart starts!  
And I got some Pop-Tarts!
* WalMart® and Pop-Tarts® are registered trademarks.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.