cart at the mart
Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ar.
- Cart graphic
- Empty box
- Paper towel tube
- Word cards
- Word-building cards
- Story-prompt pictures
- A Cart at the Mart target text
State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to push a cart at a mart and then read and write words spelled with -ar, such as mart, cart, smart, part, and hard.
Help fix a cart at the mart
- Show the children a cart graphic with and without a missing part.
- Let a box be the cart and a paper towel tube be the missing cart handle.
- Read and act out the A Cart at the Mart target text:
- Start out in a mart with a cart that has a missing part.
- Park the cart, find the missing part, and put the part back on the cart.
- Dart through the mart and put things in the cart (e.g., jars, tarts, cards, yarn).
Find -ar words at the mart
- Place word cards around the room.
- Have the children take turns as they pretend to dart around with an imaginary cart to collect a card.
- Let the children read their word cards and place them in your cart.
- When all of the word cards have been collected, have the children take turns using their finger to circle the -ar on the cards.
Write a story using target words
- Help the children build a word wall of -ar words from the story of the cart with a missing part (e.g., cart, mart, part).
- Have the children sit in groups of four with a set of story-prompt pictures.
- Invite the children to put the pictures in order to tell the story of the cart with the missing part (e.g., Which picture goes at the start?).
- Let each child choose a picture to write a sentence or two about, using as many -ar words as they can and underlining the -ar words.
- Have each group share their story with another group as they hold up their pictures and read their sentence(s).
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowels or either of the consonants:
- Change the beginning sound(s): part→ mart; smart→ start; bar→ jar
- Change the ending sound: dart→ dark; yarn→ yard; hard→ harm
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the Cart at the Mart target text with you.
- Have the children make a star around each word that is spelled with -ar.
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write and dictate target words
- Have the children get into pairs.
- Make a list of -ar words that were used throughout the lesson with the children.
- Let the children take turns spelling out an -ar word from the list to their partner while the other child writes the word down.
SEEL Target Texts
A Cart at the Mart
I started to push the cart, but the cart almost fell apart.
The cart was missing a part!
I parked the cart and looked for the part to push the cart.
I found the part and put it back on the cart.
Now I can dart through the mart and put stuff in my cart.
I put jars, tarts, cards, and yarn in the cart.
I love to dart through the mart and put stuff in my cart!
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.
Cart at the Mart