prize for fries

Prize for Fries

Prize for Fries
Target text


Read and write words with long i spellings:  -ize, -ise, and -ies.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • size
  • rise
  • wise
  • fries
  • flies
  • prize
  • spies
  • tries



  • Glue or tape
  • String
  • Fry box, envelope, or pack*
  • Pictures of big and small fries*
  • Plastic flies or pictures of flies*
  • Pictures of prize ribbons*
  • Letter cards*
  • Fry word cards*
  • He Spies Flies on His Fries target text*
  • Prize for Fries target text*

*Items included below.

State and model the objective
The children will win a prize for fries and will read and write words with the long i spellings -ize, -ise and -ies: rise, wise, prize, size, flies, tries, fries.
Literacy activities
Try some French fries

  • Give the children big and little paper fries or have them cut out big and little rectangles to be fries (found below).
  • Instruct the children to find the biggest fry.
  • Give the children a pretend prize for having a big fry.
  • Have the children write "A prize for a big sized fry."

See flies on fries

  • Attach pictures of flies (found below) to strings and put the flies on fries.
  • Comment on seeing flies on fries.
  • Give the children boxes of fries (found below) or have them fold paper to make a box, envelope or pack for fries.
  • Have the children write Big Size Fries on the fry box or pack.
  • Have the children shoo away the flies and watch them rise up and leave the fries.
  • Comment that it's not wise to let flies be on fries. 

Make words with -ies, -ise or -ize

  • Have the children read the word cards (found below).
  • Let the children sort the word cards according to the spelling pattern: -ies, -ize, -ise.

Phonological awareness

  • With letter cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning consonant(s):
    fries tries; flies spies; prize size; rise wise
    Have the children change words spelled with -y to the plural -ies:
    fry fries; spy spies; try tries; sky skies

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the target text He Spies Flies on His Fries (found below).
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ize, -ise and -ies.
  • Repeat with the target text Prize for Fries (found below).

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Display the list of words with -ise, -ize and -ies (e.g., risewiseprizesizefliestriesfries).
  • Have the children write sentences about prizes for big sized fries and flies on fries (e.g., "I won a prize because of the size of my fries").
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SEEL Target Texts

A Prize for Fries

Who spies some French fries?
We spy big fries.
We spy small fries.
We spy all sizes of fries.
Who wins the prize for the biggest fries?

He Spies Flies on His Fries

Who spies flies?
My friend spies flies.
Oh, no! He spies flies on his fries!
Why are those flies on his fries?
He cries, “Those are my fries!”
The flies rise up off of the fries.
Good bye, flies!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.