Swapping Sweaters

Swapping Sweaters
Target text


Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /sw/ blend.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • swap
  • sweater
  • swoosh
  • swoop
  • swat


  • Sweaters/sweater graphics 
  • Sweater word cards 
  • Letter cards 
  • Flyswatters (optional)
  • Sweater Swap target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will swap sweaters as they read and write words that begin with /sw/.

Literacy Activities
Swap sweaters

  • Tell the children to choose a sweater or sweater graphic.
  • Let the children swap sweaters with one another.
  • Have the children choose a sweater word card and help them read the word on the card.
  • Ask the children to swap word cards with one another and have them read the new word once they switch.

Swat sweaters

  • Spread out the sweater word cards face up on a table or floor.
  • Name a word from one of the sweater word cards (i.e., swat, swap, swim, switch, swoop, sweet).
  • Have the children identify the word by swatting the correct sweater word card using their hand or a fly swatter.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g., swim) from letter cards and then have them make different words by swapping the vowel or the final consonant(s).
  • Change the vowel sound: swim → swam; swing → swung; swoop →  sweep
  • Change the ending sound(s): swap →  swat; sweet →  sweep; swim →  switch

Read target words in a text

  • Have the children underline the words with /sw/, in the Sweater Swap target text.
  • Read the text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the text again fading support.

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., swap, switch, sweater, swoosh, swoop, sweet, swat).
  • 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 can swap my sweater for a new one).
  • Allow the children to swap sentences with one another and have them read each other’s sentences.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.