race day

Race Day
Target text


Children will recognize, read, and write words that end with -ay and -ase.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • day
  • gray
  • stay
  • race
  • place
  • chase


  • ​​​​​​Small toy race cars
  • Race track (see photos below)
  • Race Car Spelling Template*
  • Race Day target text*

*Items included below

State and Model the Objective

Tell the children they will read and act out a story about race cars.

Literacy Activities

Read Race Day target text together

  • Read Race Day (see below) with the children, fading support as appropriate.
  • Repeat, having the children circle words that end in -ay and underline words that end in -ace.

Race cars around a track

  • Allow children to choose a race car and race it around the race track.
  • Read sentences from the text and have the children act them out using the race cars and the track.

Write words that end in -ay and -ace

  • Comment that the words with -ay and -ase and -ace all have the long-a vowel.
  • Have the children write words that end in -ay and -ace from dictation (e.g., day, gray, stay, race, place, chase) in the appropriate race car on the Race Car Spelling Template (see below).
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SEEL Target Texts

Race Day

Today is a gray day.
But, today is race day at the race track!
The race cars stay in the base until it is time to race.
Then the race cars take their place. 
Race cars, take your place!
Get set to race!
Ready? Set? Go!
Now they are on their way!
The race cars race and chase around the race track.
Some cars race on the in-side track.
Some cars race on the out-side track.
The red race car wants first place.
But the blue race car is in the way.
The blue car may win the race.
Or it may not stay in first place. 
What race car do you want to win?
Will the red race car win?
Will the gray race car win?
Will the blue race car win?
Yay for the race car that wins the race and gets first place!
Yay for race day!


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.