Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /sw/ blend.
- Park graphics (see below)
- Word cards (see below)
- Swept Away to a Park target text (see below)
- Swept Away to a Picnic target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to swing and swim and they will read and write words that begin with /sw/.
Practice the skill with an activity
- Explain to the children that swept away means to be carried away to a place.
- Read the text Swept Away to a Park with the children then have them act out the text using the park graphics (see below):
- Get swept away to a park by the wind
- Swim and swirl in a pool like a swan
- Swivel and swoosh on a swing
- Swoop and swerve on rides
- Switch and swap places
- Get swept away back home
Read the text Swept Away to a Picnic and have the children pretend to get swept away to a picnic:
- Sway in the breeze
- Eat sweets
- Swat at flies
- Switch and swap places
- Swoop down
- Spread out the word cards face up on a table or floor and read the word on each card with the children.
- Name a word from one of the cards (i.e., sweep, swoop, swirl, swerve, swing, swim, swat, swap, swan, sweet).
- Have the children identify the correct word by swooping down to pick up the word card.
- Allow the children to swivel and swirl the word cards through the air.
Apply the skill
Read target words in a text
- Have the children underline the words with /sw/ in the text Swept Away to a Park (see below).
- Read the target text Swept Away to a Park to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the Swept Away to a Park text again, fading support.
- Repeat the supported reading process with the target text Swept Away to a Picnic (see below).
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Help the children create a word wall (or use one previously created) of words spelled with /sw/ (i.e., sweep, swoop, swirl, swerve, swing, swim, swat, swap, swan, sweet).
- Refer the children to the word wall and have them write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., I like to swim and swirl in a pool like a swan. I swat at flies at a swell picnic).
SEEL Target Texts
Swept Away to a Park
You could be swept away to a pretend park with swimming, swings, and rides.
You’ll swim in a pool and dive like a swan.
Swiftly you’ll swirl through the water while you swim.
You’ll swivel on a swing and sway in the wind.
Swiftly you’ll swoosh through the air while you swing.
You’ll swoop through the air on rides in the park.
Swiftly you’ll swivel through the air while you swoop.
You will switch and swap places in the park.
Then you will be swept away again and put back where you began.
How swell to be swept away to swim, swing, and swoop!
Swept Away to a Picnic
Sway in the breeze and try not to sweat.
Eat sweets but don’t get crumbs on your sweater.
Swat at swerving flies but not at swarming bees.
Switch and swap places at the picnic.
Sit and relax at the swell picnic.
How swell to be swept away to a picnic!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.