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Hair Can Dry in the Air
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spellings -air and -are.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • air
  • hair
  • care  
  • fair
  • chair
  • spare
  • share


  • Paper doll
  • Yarn
  • Water
  • Air Dries Hair target text
  • Blow-dryer (optional)

State and Model the Objective
The children will take care of a doll’s hair and then read and write words spelled with -air or -are, such as air, hair, chair, share, and care.
Literacy Activities 
Make and take care of hair 

  • Make hair for a doll 
    • Wrap the yarn around a child’s flat hand.
    • Slide the yarn off the child’s hand, and tie it in the middle with a piece of yarn.
    • Cut the yarn loops on either side of the middle tie.
  • Have the children follow these instructions:
    • Sit the paper doll without hair in a chair.
    • Let a child place the hair on the doll. 
    • Let a child pretend to brush the doll's hair as a way to care for it. 
  • Put a little water on the doll’s hair.
    • Let a child wave the doll in the air to make the doll’s hair fly in the air.

Dry hair with air

  • Put hair made out of yarn on the paper doll’s head.
  • Let the children dab a little water on the doll's hair.
  • Let a child dry the hair by fanning some air on the hair.
  • Let a child shake the doll’s hair in the air to dry the hair.
  • Let a child blow air on the hair.
  • Let a child dry the hair with hot air from a blow-dryer. 
  • Comment on the many ways to dry hair with air.

Draw and write words

  • Have the children draw a chair, some stairs, and hair on a piece of paper.
  • Ask the children to write the words chair, stair, and hair on their drawings.
  • Sprinkle a little water on the words and wave the paper in the air to dry the words.

Read Air Dries Hair

  • Read the Air Dries Hair target text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the Air Dries Hair target text with you.
  • Read the text with the children again, fading support.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Read the Care for Hair target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the Care for Hair target text with you. 
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -air or -are.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Clair Needs Hair target text.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children write words as you say them: hair, air, chair, fair, stair, pair.
  • Have the children write about taking care of the doll’s hair and letting the hair dry with air.  

SEEL Target Texts

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Air Dries Hair

A doll has wet hair.
How can we dry her hair?
We can blow dry her hair with hot air.
We can fan her hair with air to dry her hair.
We can just let her hair dry in the air.
We decide to dry her hair.
We sit the doll on a chair.
We use a blow-dryer to blow hot air on her hair.
We take good care of her hair.
We are glad that air dries hair.

Care for Hair

I have a doll without hair.
Her head is bare.  
It’s not fair! She has no hair.
Don’t just stare!  
Make her some hair.
Sit her in a chair and give her some hair.
Take care of the doll’s hair.
You took good care of the doll in the chair.
She likes her hair.
Her head is not bare.
She says, “I have hair!”

Clair Needs Hair

Here is Clair. 
She has no hair. 
Her head is bare.
This is Blair. 
She has lots of hair. 
She has hair to spare.
Blair will share some spare hair with Clair.
Now Clair and Blair both have hair.



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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.