start the art cart

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

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.