Make a Ring with String
- 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.
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.
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
Ring of String (*Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Ring of string,
Ring of string.
Form a string into a ring.
Then swing and fling a thing!
Fling a Thing into a Ring
Did you bring some string?
Bring the string.
Make the string into a 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?
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Make a Ring with String