the pirate clark says arr!

The Pirate Clark Says ARR!

The Pirate Clark Says ARR!
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bar
  • mark
  • star
  • card
  • sparf
  • shark
  • scarf


  • Clark the Pirate picture* 
  • Treasure chest printout* 
  • Sentence strips* 
  • Treasure chest word cards* 
  • Clark Says, Arr! target text*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
The children will meet a pirate named Clark and then read and write words spelled with -ar, such as car, star, candy bar, card, scarf, spark, and shark.

Literacy Activities
Make Clark say “Arr!”     

  • Show the children the picture of Clark the Pirate (found below).
  • Help the children read the sentence strips (found below). 
  • Make Clark say "Arr!" in different situations:
    • There’s a shark! Clark says “ARR!
    • There's a bright star. Clark says “ARR!
    • Clark is far away from the X that marks the spot! Clark says “ARR!
    • Clark sees a spark. Clark says “ARR!
    • Clark doesn’t hit a target with a dart! Clark says “ARR!
    • Clark marks the course on the chart. Clark says “ARR!

Put words with -ar in a treasure chest

  • Choose a child to leave the room while you hide one of the word cards in the room.
  • Have the child search for the card while the other children help by saying “Far” or “Not far.”
  • Have the children read the other words on the cards in Clark's treasure chest.

More Practice 
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the Clark Says Arr!” target text (found below) with you.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., car, star, card, scarf, spark, shark, farm, arm, barn, yarn, chart, dart, mark, far).
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SEEL Target Texts

Clark Says Arr!

Clark says “Arr!” when . . . 
he sees a shark.
the sky gets dark.
he misses when playing darts.
his dart hits the mark. 
he marks up his chart.
he sees a spark.
he misses where the X marks the spot
he makes a new mark.
he sees a bright star.
he sails too far.
Clark the pirate says "Arr!" a lot.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.