Let Hair Dry in the Air


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling –air (e.g., air, hair).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • air
  • hair
  • stair
  • fair
  • chair


  • Paper doll (see below)
  • Yarn and scissors to make hair for the doll
  • Bowl with a little of water to get the doll's hair wet
  • Let Hair Dry in the Air target text (see below)
  • Sentence strips (see below)
  • Hair dryer, chair, stairs, and fair graphics (see below) to act out a story with the doll

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will help a doll her hair with air and they will read and write words spelled with -air: air, hair, chair, stair, fair.

Practice the skill with an activity 

  • Help a doll dry her hair in the air 
  • Help the children make hair to put on the paper doll (e.g., wrap yarn around hand, tie string in the middle, then cut the loops at the end).  
  • Have the children glue or tape the yarn hair to the paper doll.
  • Let the children dip their fingers in the water and dab the doll's hair until the hair is damp.
  • Have the children label the graphics (see below) by writing chair, fair, stair, hair dryer. Point out that all of the words are spelled with the -air spelling pattern.
  • Read the target text Let Hair Dry in the Air with the children and let them act out the story using the doll:
    • Put the doll on the chair graphic (see below)
    • Pretend to blow dry the doll's hair with the hair dryer graphic (see below)
    • Carry the doll to the picture of a fair and gently shake the doll's hair in the air.
    • Sprinkle a little water on the stairs graphic then wave the picture of the stairs in the air to air dry the stairs.
  • Act out sentences with -air words 
    • Have the children read the sentence strips (see below).
    • Let the children act out the command on each sentence strip.

Apply the skill

  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Let Hair Dry in the Air (see below) together with the group. 
    • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -air.
    • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: hair, air, chair, fair, stair, pair.
    • Have the children write about their experience drying the doll's hair in the air (e.g., We helped a doll dry her hair. We took the doll to the fair and let her hair blow in the air.)

SEEL Target Texts

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Let Hair Dry in the Air

A doll has wet hair.
How can we dry her hair?
We can blow dry her hair!
We set the doll on a chair.
We use a hair dryer to dry the doll's hair.
But the doll's hair is still wet!
How can we dry her hair?
We can air dry her hair.
We take the doll to the fair.
We let the doll's hair dry in the air on the way to the fair.
But the doll finds some wet stairs at the fair.
How can we dry the stairs at the fair?
We can let the stairs dry in the air while the doll sits and waits in a chair. 



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.