Start the Art Cart

Start the Art Cart
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with art (e.g., "Do art and cart rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with art.").

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • art
  • cart
  • part
  • dart
  • heart
  • apart


  • Repurposed materials (e.g., yarn, string, cloth, styrofoam, paper shapes)
  • Box or small chair to use for a “cart”
  • Paper wheels
  • Paper steering wheel, handle, or yarn
  • Art supplies

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make art from things in a pretend cart as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with art, such as cart, mart, start, part, and heart.

Literacy Activities
Get the art cart ready to start

  • Tell the children that they will make a cart to deliver art supplies.
  • Ask for help taping the parts on the cart (e.g., the wheels, the steering wheel or yarn to pull the cart).
  • Have the children put art supplies in the cart.
  • Pretend to start the art cart.
  • Help the children make the cart dart around to bring them parts to use to make art.
  • Let the children make art with the art supplies—perhaps a picture of the art cart.

Recognize rhyming words

  • Invite the children to line up.
  • Ask the children if two words rhyme (e.g., ‘art and cart’).
  • If the words rhyme, say "Art and cart rhyme" and let the children jump one step forward.
  • If the words don't rhyme (e.g., art, sing), have the children stay still and say, "Art and sing don't rhyme."
  • Repeat with other word pairs (e.g., start, part; cart, dog; dart, tart; mart, horse; apart, heart).

Rhyme with art

  • Remind the children of the words that rhyme with art (e.g., part, cart, dart, heart, tart, start, mart).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with art (support as needed).




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