a fly tries a fry

A Fly Tries a Fry

A Fly Tries a Fry
Target text


Read and write words with long i spellings -y and -ie.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • my
  • fly
  • pie
  • fry
  • spy
  • fries
  • tries


  • Paper plates or picture of a plate*
  • Paper french fries*
  • Paper pie* 
  • Plastic fly or picture of a fly*
  • Word-building cards* 
  • A Fly Tries My Fry target text*
  • A Fly in the Sky target text*
  • Real french fries and real pie (optional)

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will shoo a fly away from fries and a pie and will read and write words with the long i vowel spelled -ie and -y, such as fry, fly, spy, lie, pie, fries, tries, and spies
Literacy Activities
Play I Try a Fry

  • Give groups of children real or paper plates (found below) with paper fries (found below) to try.
  • Spy a fry on a child’s plate and try a fry.
  • Let the children spy a fry on another child’s plate and try a fry. 
  • Have the children write, “My fry,” “I spy a fry,” or “Try a fry” on a piece of paper.

Spy and try a piece of pie

  • Let the children have paper pie (found below).
  • Have one child spy pie on another person’s plate and try their pie.
  • Have the children write “My pie,” or Try some pie” on their piece of paper.

A fly tries a fry and some pie

  • Let the children pretend to be a fly, spy a fry, and try a fry.
  • Have a child say, “Don’t land on my fry!”
  • Have the fly spy some pie.
  • Let the fly try pie.
  • Have a child say, “Don’t land on my pie!”
  • Tell the fly to fly away and to not try fries or pie.

More Practice
Phonological awareness

  • With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning consonants or the endings:
    • Change the beginning consonant: fly→ fry, spy→ sky, trydrymyby, pielie, tiepie
    • Change the endings: fry→ fries→ fried, fly→ flies→ flied, try→ tries→ tried, spy→ spies→ spied

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the target text A Fly Tries My Fry (found below) together as a class or group.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the words with the -ie and -y vowels.
  • Repeat with Try Some Fries (found below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., fly, fry, try, spy, my, by, pie, fries, tries, flies, spies, why, cry, sky, tie).
  • Use the words to make a word wall and have the children use it to write about a fly that spies and tries fries and pie.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Fly in the Sky

I spy a fly.
I spy a fly in the sky.
Oh, no! The fly is on my pie!
I spy a fly on my pie.


Why is the fly on my pie?
“That is my pie,” I cry.
I cry, “That is my pie!”
Fly away, fly!
The fly is in the sky.
Now I can eat my pie.

A Fly Tries my Fry

I spy a fly.
I spy a fly in the sky.
Oh, no! Now I spy a fly on my fry!
The fly is on my fry!
Why is the fly on my fry?
I cry, “That is my fry!”
Fly away, fly! Fly, fly away, fly!
Now the fly is in the sky.
And now I can eat my fry.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.