swoosh and swish

Swoosh and Swish

Swoosh and Swish
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • swallow
  • swan
  • swoosh
  • swing
  • swim


  • Animal graphics 
  • Swoosh and Swish target text
  • Word cards 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will swish and swoosh through the air as they read and write words that begin with /sw/.

Literacy Activities
Swish and swoosh like swans

  • Read the text Swoosh and Swish with the children.
  • Show the children the swallow, bee, swan, and monkey graphics and have the children act out the text using the graphics:
    • Swallows swerve, swoosh, swish, and swoop away.
    • A swarm of bees swirl, swoosh, and swish through the air.
    • Swans swim, swoosh, and swish through the water.
    • A swinging monkey swishes and swooshes through the trees.

Swish and swoosh word cards

  • Show the children the word cards and help the children read the word on each card.
  • Have the children choose a word card and allow them to pretend to be an animal as they act out the action on the card.
  • Help the children write action words spelled with /sw/ (i.e., swim, swat, swish, swoosh, swing, swat, swoop, sweep, swirl) on 3x5 index cards or small pieces of paper.
  • Let the children use their word cards to act out the actions on the cards (e.g., for the word swim pretend that the word card is a swan swimming through water).

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Have the children underline the words with /sw/ in the text Swoosh and Swish.
  • Read the text Swoosh and Swish to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the Swoosh and Swish target 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., swallow, swan, swarm, swing, swim, swoosh, swish, swoop, swerve, swirl).
  • 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 see a swan swim and swoosh away).
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SEEL Target Texts

Swoosh and Swish

I saw some swerving swallows.
The swerving swallows went swoosh and swish and swooped away.
I saw a swarm of bees.
The swarm of bees went swoosh and swish and swirled away.
I saw some swimming swans.
The swimming swans went swoosh and swish and swiftly swam away.
I saw a swinging monkey.
The swinging monkey went swoosh and swish and swiftly swung away.
Swoosh and swish!
The swallows, swarm of bees, swan, and swinging monkey all swiftly went away.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.