clang bang ding dong

Clang Bang Ding Dong

Clang Bang Ding Dong
Target text


Read and write words ending in the -ng digraph.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ring 
  • ding
  • sing
  • bang
  • bong
  • gong
  • clang



  • String
  • Rings (e.g., canning lid rings, binder rings, metal washers, toilet paper tubes cut into slices) 
  • Metal object, spoons, a metal can
  • Springs (e.g., the spiral binding of a notebook cut into pieces) 
  • A container 
  • Bells (optional)
  • Word-building cards flipbooks*
  • Ding, Ding, Dong Song sung to the tune of Frere Jacques*
  • How to Make Music with Rings target text*

*Item included below. 

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will make sounds like clang, bang, ding, and dong, and then read and write words that end in -ng, such as clang, bang, ding, ping, dong, and song.

Literacy Activities
Put things that go ding or ring on a string

  • Write the words ring, ding, and song on the board and point out the -ng.
  • Let the children bring you items to ring and ding after reading the instructions on the board:
    • Bring me a string. 
    • Bring me a ring on a string.
    • Bring me a thing.
    • Bring me a thing that you can ring.
    • Bring me a thing that goes ding.
    • Bring me a thing on a string.

Create an orchestra with -ng words

  • List musical instructions on the board:
    • Bong a gong (a metal object)
    • Ring a bell (optional)
    • Clang spoons
    • Sing ding-dong 
    • Make rings go ping and ting
    • Make a can go ting
    • Sing clang-bang 
  • Assign children to various “instruments” or roles.
  • Point to the instructions to indicate when the children should play their part. 
  • Vary the volume and tempo of the song.

Sing the Ding, Ding, Dong Song

  • Sing the Ding, Ding, Dong Song (found below) to the tune of Frere Jacques (Frere Jacques Music
  • Have the children write ng words from the song from dictation (e.g., ring, string, ping, ting, ping-a-ling, ting-a-ling, ding, dong). 

Explore rhythm and tempo using –ng words

  • Have the children sit in a ring (circle) with the teacher in the middle.
  • Clap, tap, or stomp out the rhythm of -ng words while the children echo the pattern a line or word at a time:
    • ting-a-ling, ping-pong, gong, sing-song, clang, bang, ding-dong.

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the target text How to Make Music with Rings (found below) together.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Help the children make a list of the -ng words on the board.

Blend and analyze words by making a flipbook on string

  • Cut out the word-building cards (found below) and punch holes in the tops.
  • Stack the cards into a beginning sounds pile and an ending sounds pile.
  • Staple each pile together to make a book.
  • String both the beginning and ending sounds books on a string. 
  • Flip through the pages of the beginning and ending sounds books to make words:
    • r + ing, s + ing, d + ing, t + ing, p + ing
    • b + ang, cl + ang, + ang
    • b + ong, s + ong, l + ong

Write a chant, rhythm, or song

  • Make a list of musical words that end in -ng: sing, ding, ring, bong, song, clang, bang, and sang.
  • Let the children write their own song, rhythm, or chant.
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SEEL Target Texts

Ding, Ding, Dong Song

Slide a ring
On a string
Hear it ping
Hear it ting
Ping-a-ling and sing
Ting-a-ling and ring
Ding, ding, dong
Ding, ding, dong

How to Make Music with Rings

Put rings on a string.
Swing the string.
The rings will go ping, ting, ding.
The rings will go clangbang.
The rings will go ting-a-ling.
You can make rings dingting, and ping.
A ring on a string can make music!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.