Tire on a Fire Truck


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ire (e.g., tire, fire, wire).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • tire
  • fire
  • hire
  • wire


  • Pictures of a fire truck and tow truck (see below) or toy replicas
  • Piece of wire (optional)
  • Play money or pennies
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Letter cards for word blending and manipulating (see below)
  • Tire on a Fire Truck target text (see below)
  • Fire! Fire! target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will act out a story about a fire truck with a flat tire. Tell them they will read and write words spelled with -ire: tire, fire, hire, wire.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Fix a flat tire on a fire truck
    • Read the text Tire on a Fire Truck to the children. Explain that hire means to pay someone to do something for you like when you hire someone to mow your lawn. 
    • Have the children act out the text:
      • Rush to a picture of a fire truck.
      • Pretend to get a flat tire on the way to the fire.
      • Use the picture of a tow truck and a wire (optional) to pretend to tow the fire truck.
      • Use the play money to pretend to hire a man to fix the tire.
      • Pretend to ride in the fire truck to the fire.
      • Pretend to put out the fire.
    • Tell the children that real firemen make sure their truck is ready to go so that they don't have any problems when they are trying to get to a fire quickly.
  • Hire kids to clean up -ire words
    • Place word cards (see below) around the room. 
    • Tell the children 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 word on each card. Point out that all of the words are spelled with -ire.

Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
    • With word blending letter cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowels or either of the consonants:
      • Change the beginning sound(s): tire --> fire; hire --> wire; sire --> dire
      • Change the vowel: tire --> tore; hire --> here; fire --> fare
      • Change the ending sound: fire --> file; hire --> hide; tire --> time
  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Tire on a Fire Truck (see below) together with the group. 
    • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ire.
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Repeat with the target text Fire! Fire!
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: tire, fire, wire, hire. Let them write about what happened with the fire truck (e.g., The fire truck got a flat tire. The tow truck pulled the fire truck with a wire. They hired a man to fix the tire. The fire truck put out the fire.).

SEEL Target Texts

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Fire! Fire!

Fire! Fire! 
There?s a fire.
Oh no!
The fire truck got a flat tire.
But a man for hire fixed the tire.  
And the fire truck got to the fire.
And then the man for hire helped the fire men put out the fire. 

Tire on a Fire Truck

There is a fire.  
Quick! Get to the fire, in a fire truck!
Oops.  The fire truck gets stuck on the way.
The fire truck has a flat tire.
The truck needs to be towed with a towing wire.
Hire a man to fix the fire truck and the tire.  
Get to the fire in the fire truck.  
Help put out the fire.



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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.