Dried or Fried Food

Dried or Fried Food
Target text


Read and write words that contain the long i -ie vowel combination.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pies
  • tied
  • dried
  • fried
  • fries
  • spied
  • tried


  • Picture of a box of raisins*
  • Picture of potato chips*
  • Picture of a pie*
  • Strips of paper to make fries
  • Word-building cards*
  • Dried or Fried Food target text*
    *Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to try fried and dried foods and read and write words with the -ie vowel combination, such as tried, lied, fried, spied, and dried.
Literacy Activities
Fried and dried food

  • Tell the children that you spied dried raisins and fried potato chips at the store.
  • Ask the children if they like fried potato chips, french fries, or dried fruit.

Tie up and try fries

  • Give the children the paper strips to be french fries, a picture of a pie (found below), and a string.
  • Let the children pretend to eat the paper fries and paper pie.
  • Have the children write fry on each fry.    
  • Tell the children that they will tie up fries.
  • Let the children tie several fries in a bunch.
  • Have the children write tied up fries on the bunch of fries
  • Let the children use a string to tie up fries and the pie.   

More Practice
Phonological awareness

  • With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning constant(s) or ending:
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): fried→ dried, tried→ spied, fries→ pies
    • Change the ending: fry→ fries→ fried, spy→ spies→ spied, try→ tries→ tried

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the Dried or Fried Food target text (found below) as a class.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Help the children make a list of words with the -ie vowel combination.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Display a word wall with the words tried, fried, dried, lied, spied, cried, flies, dried, tied, fries, pie, cried, and flied
  • Have the children write something that uses words from the word wall (e.g., “I tried fries. I tried a pie. I tried a dried grape. A raisin is a dried grape.”).
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SEEL Target Texts

Dried or Fried Food?

I spied two kinds of food.
I spied dried fruits.
I spied fried potatoes.
I tried the dried and fried foods.
I liked the dried fruit: a raisin.
I liked the fried potatoes: potato chips.
That’s not a lie.
The dried food was good, but I liked the fried food best.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.