red race track

Red Race Track

Red Race Track
Target text


Recognize and produce the /r/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /r/.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • race
  • red
  • run
  • reach
  • right


  • Red masking tape

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will run and roll down a red race track while listening for words that start with the /r/ sound, such as race, red, run, and reach.

Literacy Activities
Race with /r/ actions down the red race track 

  • Make two red racing lanes out of red masking tape.
  • Divide the children into two teams, or into groups of 4–5 that will take turns racing against each other.
  • Point out that the words red and race start with the /r/ sound.
  • Have each group line up behind the start of a red race track, and point out that red and race start with the /r/ sound. 
  • Explain the rules of the relay race to the children: 
    • The first child will run down to the end of the track and back. 
    • When the first child returns, he or she will tag the next child who will then run to the end and back, and tag the next child, and so on. 
    • The race is finished when all the children have returned to the start. 
  • As their teammates race, have the children repeat, “Run down the red race track!” 
  • Repeat as desired, changing the relay from running to rolling (somersault or log roll), hopping on their right foot, relaxing (walking in a calm manner), and/or reaching as they run.

More Practice
Recognize the target sound /r/

  • Tell the children that you will say some words, and if the word starts with the /r/ sound, they are to run in place, but if the word does not start with the /r/ sound, they are to rest (stand still).

Produce the target sound /r/

  • Help each team to come up with a team name made up of words that begin with the /r/ sound (e.g., Red Racing Roosters, Rapid Rabbits).
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