Road Race

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r with the /r/ sound as in red, race car, and ride.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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

Materials:

  • Paper plates or paper circles
  • A red toy race car or race car graphic
  • Masking tape
  • The Race Car Wheels song 
  • Letter cards
  • Book: The Wheels on the Race Car by Alexander Zane (Orchard, 2005) (optional)

Overview
The children will get ready for a road race in a red race car as they practice saying the /r/ sound in words such as rev, road, and ride.

Literacy Activities
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.
  • Emphasize the /r/ sound in each instruction.

Rev the engine

  • Give each child a paper plate or paper circle to use as a race car 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 race cars.
  • Sing The Race Car Wheels song to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus," making up actions for each verse.

Road race

  • Make a race track on the floor using masking tape.
  • Place R letter cards along the race track.
  • Have the children pretend to drive along the road and say the /r/ sound each time they pass each letter card.

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Read the text of The Race Car Wheels to the children.
  • Have the children find and underline the letters and r throughout the text, saying the /r/ sound each time they underline the letter.
  • Give the children a paper steering wheel.
  • Read the text again and have the children pretend to rev their engines every time they hear a word that starts with the /r/ sound.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r on the race car graphic.
  • As the children write, point out the shapes included in the letters R and r (i.e., lines and circles).
  • Let the children color the race car red.
  • Have the children pretend to rev the engine of the red race car 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 uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r with the /r/ sound as in rev, road, and rough.

Materials 

  • The Race Car Wheels song
  • Paper plate or paper circle

Activity: Red Race Car

  • Give your child a paper plate or paper circle to use as a race car steering wheel.
  • Pretend to ride in a race car while singing The Race Car Wheels song with your child, making up actions for each new verse.
    • Add verses to the song if you or your child thinks of other actions beginning with R that a race car would do.
  • Help your child write a list of actions the race car did.
  • Read the list of R actions together, emphasizing the beginning sound of each action.

Racecar-song

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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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