Road Race

Objective

Associate the letter r (and uppercase R) with the /r/ sound (e.g., red, racecar, ride).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • racecar
  • race
  • ride
  • red
  • road
  • ready

Materials:

  • Racecar steering wheels (paper plate or paper circle)
  • A red racecar (toy car) or racecar graphic (see below)
  • A tape racecar road
  • The Racecar Wheels song (see below) sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • The Wheels on the Racecar by Alexander Zane (Orchard, 2005) (optional)

State and model the objective

Read The Wheels on the Racecar by Alexander Zane (optional). Tell the children they will get ready for a road race in a red racecar as they practice saying the /r/ sound in words such as rev, road, and ride.

Practice the skill within an activity

Get ready for a road race

  • Have the children pretend to get ready for the road race by echoing what you do and say:
    • Remember to put gas in the car.
    • Reach for your seatbelt.
    • Turn off the radio.

Rev the engine

  • Set up the road race track with tape on the floor.
  • Give each child a racecar steering wheel.
  • Say, “Rev the engine! Ready, set, ride!”
  • Point out that road, race, rev, ready, and ride all begin with the letter r which makes the /r/ sound.
  • Have the children make the /r/ sound as they pretend to rev the engine of their racecar.
  • Sing The Racecar Wheels song to the tune of Wheels on the Bus, making up actions for each verse, as you ride around the racecar road.

Road race

  • Place R letter cards along a road made with tape on the floor.
  • Have the children drive along the path and say the /r/ sound when they pass each letter card.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the text from the song The Racecar Wheels to the children.
  • Have the children find and underline the letters r and R throughout the text, saying the /r/ sound each time they underline the letter r or R.
  • Give the children a paper steering wheel then read the text again and have the children pretend to rev the engine and drive a racecar every time they hear a word that starts with the /r/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Have the children write r (and uppercase R) letters on the racecar graphic (see below).
  • As the children write, point out the shapes included in the letter R and r (i.e., lines and circles).
  • Let the children color the racecar red.
  • Have the children pretend to rev the engine of the red racecar while saying the /r/ sound.

SEEL Target Texts

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The Racecar Wheels

The racecar wheels go round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
The racecar wheels go round and round
All through the race.
The racecar brakes go rrr rrr rrr,
Rrr rrr rrr, rrr rrr rrr.
The racecar brakes go rrr rrr rrr
All through the race.
The racecar ride is rough, rough, rough,
Rough, rough, rough, rough, rough, rough
The racecar ride is rough, rough, rough
All through the race.
The racecar roof is red, red, red,
Red, red, red, red, red, red.
The racecar roof is red, red, red
All through the race.
The racecar motor goes roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar.
The racecar motor goes roar, roar, roar
All through the race.

Printouts

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Objective 
Associate the letter R (and lowercase r) with the /r/ sound (e.g., rev, road, rough).

Materials 

  • The Racecar Wheels song (see below)
  • Racecar steering wheel (paper plate or paper circle)

Activity: Red Racecar

  • Pretend to ride in a racecar while singing The Racecar Wheels song with your child, making up actions for each new verse.
  • You may add verses to the song if you or your child thinks of other actions that begin with R that a racecar would do.
  • Help your child write a list of actions the racecar did that begin with the letter R.
  • Read the list of R actions together. Ask your child to say the beginning sound of each of the actions.

Racecar-song

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.

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