Swapping Sweaters

Swapping Sweaters
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • swap
  • swat
  • swoop
  • swoosh
  • sweater


  • Sweaters or a picture of sweaters*
  • Word cards*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Sweater Swap target text*
  • Fly Swatters (optional)

*Items included below.

State the Objective

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

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Swap sweaters

  • Read the Sweater Swap target text (see below) with the children.
  • Tell the children to choose a sweater or sweater image (see below).
  • Let the children swap sweaters with one another.
  • Have the children choose a sweater word card (see below) and read the word on the card.
  • Ask the children to swap word cards and tell them to read the new word.

Swat sweaters

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

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing a consonant or the vowel(s).
    • Change the vowel(s): swim→ swam; swing→ swung; swoop→  sweep
    • Change the ending consonant(s): swap→  swat; sweet→  sweep; swim→  switch

Write about the activity using target words

  • Tell the children to write short sentences using target words.
    • We can ___ (swap) our sweaters.
    • My ____ (sweater) has a swirl.
    • That sweater has holes like ____ (swiss) cheese.
    • Will you ____ (switch) sweaters with me?
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SEEL Target Texts

Sweater Swap

Let’s swap sweaters.
My sweater has a swan.
Your sweater has a swirl.
That sweater has holes like swiss cheese!
Will you swap your sweater with me?
It would be swell to switch sweaters.
Sweet! We swapped sweaters!

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.