tire on a fire truck

Tire on a Fire Truck

Tire on a Fire Truck
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled ending 

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fire
  • tire
  • hire
  • wire
  • dire


  • Toy fire truck or pictures of a fire truck*
  • Play money or pennies
  • Word cards* 
  • Word-building cards with beginning and ending sounds* 
  • Tire on a Fire Truck  target text*   
  • Hire a Man to Fix a Tire target text*

*Items included below

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will act out a story about a fire truck with a flat tire and that they will read and write words with -ire, such as tire, fire, hire, and wire.

Literacy Activities
Fix a flat tire on a fire truck

  • Read the Tire on a Fire Truck target text (found below) to the children. 
  • Explain that hire means to pay someone to do something for you. 
  • Have the children pretend to . . .
    • Get a flat tire on the way to the fire.
    • Change the tire on the fire truck
    • Drive in the fire truck to the fire.
    • Put out the fire.

Hire children to clean up -ire words

  • Place the word cards (found below) around the room. 
  • Tell the children that you want to hire them to clean up the word cards.
  • Give the children a penny, or play money, and have them gather the cards.
  • Help the children read the -ire words on the cards. 

More Practice 
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning consonant: tirefire; hirewire; wiredire.

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the Tire on a Fire Truck target text  with you.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Hire a Man to Fix a Tire target text (found below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Have the children write words from dictation (e.g., tire, fire, wire, hire). 
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SEEL Target Texts

Hired to Fix a Tire

The firefighter’s fire truck had a flat tire.
The firefighters changed the flat tire.
The firefighters put a spare tire on the fire truck.
Now the firefighters will take the flat tire to a tire store.
The firefighters will hire the tire store to fix the flat tire. 
If the tire can’t be fixed, the firefighters will buy a new tire.

Tire on a Fire Truck

Fire! Fire! 
There’s a fire.
Quick! Get to the fire in a fire truck!
The firefighters go to the fire in the firetruck. 
But the fire truck got a flat tire on the way to the fire.
The firefighters change the tire.  
With a new tire, the firefighters can get to the fire. 
The firefighters can get to the fire and put out the fire.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.