Part of a Cart


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -art (e.g., cart, part, start).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Picture of a pizza or pie cut into parts (see graphic below)
  • Tape or chalk to indicate positions around a circle where the children will stand
  • Letter cards and -art sign for word part game (see below)
  • A picture of a wheel and a go-cart (see graphics below)
  • Paper doll (see graphics below) to do cartwheels
  • A Cart That Won't Start target text (see below) 
  • Part of a Cart target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will pretend to be part of a cart and they will read and write words spelled with -art: tart, cart, part, chart, dart, mart, smart, start.

Practice the skill within an activity

Pretend to be a part of pizza or a pie

  • Show a picture of a pie or pizza sliced into parts (see below).
  • Place tape or chalk marks on the ground to indicate positions around a circle.
  • Have the children pretend to be a pizza or pie cut into parts by standing in a circle with fingertips of one hand coming together (each person makes a different part of the pie or pizza).
  • Point out the different "parts" of the pretend pizza or pie.
  • Show a picture of a wheel on a go-cart (see graphic below).
  • Let the children make a wheel with their arms as they stand in a circle with their fingertips touching to look like the spokes of a wheel. Comment that the children are part of a cart.
  • Show the -art sign (see below) and tell the children they will be a part of -art words.
  • Have the children hold initial letters (see letter cards below) while standing in front of the -art sign.
  • Let the children say the word they make from the word parts (e.g., "I am part of the word cart.")

Fix a cart that won't start

  • Read the target text A Cart That Won't Start then have the children act out the story.

Help a doll do cartwheels

  • Show a paper doll and show how you can make the doll do cartwheels.
  • Have the children write a list of words that end in -art.
  • Let the children make the doll do cartwheels each time someone writes a word.

Apply the skill 

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the target text Part of a Cart (see text below) together with the group. 
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -art.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Repeat with the target text A Cart That Won't Start.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: tart, cart, part, chart, dart, mart, smart, start. Let them write about what they did during the activity (e.g., We made part of a pie. I made part of the word tart. The go-cart did not start. We got a part to make the go-cart start).

SEEL Target Texts

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Part of a Cart

We can cut a pie into parts.
We can make a wheel, a part for a cart.
We can be smart and make words from their parts.
The word art is a part of cart.
The word art is a part of dart.
The letters ch are part of chart.
The letters sm are part of smart.

A Cart That Won't Start

I have a fun go-cart.
I try to start my go-cart but it won't start.
I go to WalMart to buy a part for my go-cart.
I put the new part in my go-cart to make my cart start.
I drive my go-cart back to WalMart to buy art, pop tarts, and darts.
I love my fun go-cart!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.