Target text
Make a Ring with String


Read and write words that end with the -ng digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ring
  • sing
  • thing
  • fling
  • bring
  • string
  • swing


  • String to make a ring on the floor
  • Rubber bands
  • Springs made from old notebooks’ spiral binding cut into pieces, cardboard rings made from cutting a toilet paper roll, rubber bands, and/or pieces of string to make little rings
  • Flinging instructions with pictures*
  • Word cards*
  • Ring of String song sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb*
  • Fling a Thing into a Ring target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will fling things into a ring made of string and read and write words that end with -ing, such as fling, thing, string, swing, and ring.

Literacy Activities
Sing and build a ring

  • Teach the children the Ring of String song (found below) to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  • Help the children form some string into a ring (circle) on the floor.
  • Have the children write Ring of String signs and place their paper signs in the ring.
  • Show the things to the children and demonstrate how to softly fling a thing into the ring of string.
  • Invite the children to swing and fling a thing into the ring as they sing the Ring of String song.

Fling -ng words into the ring

  • Read the word cards (found below) with the children.
  • Invite the children to choose a word card and have them read the word on the card.
  • Let the children swing and fling the -ing words into the ring of string.

Fling things into a ring of string

  • Have the children put rubber bands, springs, little rings made of string, or cardboard rings on a cut rubber band (see picture 1 below).
  • Pull each end of the cut rubber band between your hands so it is taut (see picture 2 below). 
  • Lower one hand to aim, then release the rubber band from your upper hand to fling the thing (see picture 3 below).
  • Fling the springs, bands, or rings into the ring of string.
  • Let the children try to fling things on cut rubber bands into the ring.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Read the target text Fling a Thing into a Ring (found below) to and then with the children.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat the supported reading process with Ring of String (found below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Introduce a word wall displaying target words from the lesson (e.g., fling, string, swing, ring, thing, bring, sing)
  • Have the children express ideas using -ng words (e.g., “I like to fling a thing into a ring of string”).

SEEL Target Texts

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Ring of String (*Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Form a string into a ring,
Ring of string,
Ring of string.
Form a string into a ring.
Then swing and fling a thing!

Fling a Thing into a Ring

Make a ring out of string.
Did you bring some string?
Bring the string.
Make the string into a ring.
Now we can fling things into the ring.
Fling and sling things into the ring.
Get a thing to fling into the ring.
Get a thing and bring it to the ring made out of string.
We’ll fling or sling things into the ring.
Did you fling your  thing into the ring?



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.A: Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.