Part of a Cart


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -art such as cart, part, and start.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Paper doll
  • Pizza graphic
  • Letter cards
  • -art sign 
  • Wheel and a go-cart graphics
  • A Cart That Won't Start target text 
  • Part of a Cart target text 

The children will pretend to be part of a cart and will read and write words spelled with -art, such as tart, cart, part, chart, dart, mart, smart, and start.

Literacy Activities

Pretend to be a part of pizza or a pie

  • Show a picture of a pie or pizza sliced into parts.
  • 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 one marking a part of the pizza.
  • Point out the different "parts" of the pizza.

Make a wheel with parts

  • Show a picture of a wheel on a go-cart.
  • Let the children make a wheel with their arms as they stand in a circle with their fingertips touching to look like the spokes.
  • Comment that each child is part of the cart.

Fix a cart that won't start

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

Help a doll do cartwheels

  • Show how to make a paper 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.

More Practice 

Read target words in texts

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

Build -art words from parts

  • Read the Words Have Parts text to the children and show how you can build words with letter cards and the -art sign.
  • Have the children read the text as they hold initial letters in front of the -art sign to build words.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children write words from dictation: tart, cart, part, chart, dart, mart, smart, 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. I put the part in the go-cart. The part made 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.