The Pirate Clark Says ARR!


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ar (e.g., car, shark, heart).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • car
  • star
  • bar
  • card
  • scarf
  • spark
  • shark
  • farm
  • arm
  • barn
  • yarn
  • chart
  • dart
  • mark
  • far


  • Clark the Pirate graphic (see below)
  • Treasure chest graphic (see below)
  • Chart paper or whiteboard
  • Sentence strips (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Clark Says Arr! target text (see below) 

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will play a game with a pirate named Clark and they will read and write words spelled with -ar: car, star, candy bar, card, scarf, spark, shark, farm, arm, barn, yarn, chart, dart, mark, far.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Make Clark say arr or argh
    • Show the children the picture of Clark the Pirate (see graphic below).
    • Explain that Clark uses the word arr to mean that he agrees or that he likes something and he uses the word argh to mean that he is annoyed or that he doesn't like something.
    • Help the children read the sentence strips (see below). 
    • For each sentence have the children decide if Clark will say "Arr!" (because he agrees or likes it) or "argh!" (because he disagrees or doesn;t like it):
      • Clark, there's a shark! ARGH!
      • Clark, there's a pretty star. ARR!
      • Clark, you are too far from the mark! ARGH!
      • Clark, want a candy bar? ARR
      • Cark, is this your scarf? ARR
      • Clark, watch out for the darts! ARGH
      • Clark, you forgot to chart the course! ARGH
      • Clark, you are in a car instead of on a ship! ARGH
    • Make a chart listing the things that Clark likes and doesn't like.
  • Put words with -ar in a treasure chest
    • Choose a child to leave the room then hide one of the word cards.
    • Have the child search for the card while the other children help by saying far when the child is far away and not far when the child gets closer.
    • Have the children read the word on the card then put it in Clark's treasure chest (see below).
    • Repeat the game for the other word cards or play an alternate version of the game where all of the words are scattered throughout the room and the children go on a treasure hunt to find the words.

Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Clark Says Arr! (see text below) together with the group. 
    • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ar.
    • Read the text again fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: car, star, card, scarf, spark, shark, farm, arm, barn, yarn, chart, dart, heart, mark, far. Let them write about what they did during the activity (e.g., Clark says, "Argh" when he sees a shark. Clark says "Arr" when he sees a pretty star. Clark likes the word spark. We found the word mark for Clark).

SEEL Target Texts

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Clark Says Arrg!

Clark says, "Argh!" when he sees a shark.
Clark says, "Argh!" when his room is dark.
Clark says, "Argh!" when he misses at darts.
Clark says, "Argh!" when he finds messy charts.
Clark says, "Arr!" when he sees a pretty star.
Clark says, "Arr!" when his ship sails far.
Clark says, "Arr!" when he plays the guitar.
Clark says, "Arr!" when he finds a candy bar.
Clark the pirate speaks in "Argh!" and "Arr!"



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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.