Things to Twirl, Hurl, and Swirl

Objective

Read and write words with the middle /r/ sound spelled with -ir and -ur.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • twirl
  • swirl
  • whirl
  • curl
  • hurl 
  • turn
  • first
  • third

Materials:

  • Small amount of water in a cup 
  • Crumpled paper ball
  • Ribbons or strips of paper made into curls
  • Toy tops or half-gallon juice bottles to use like toy tops
  • Things We Can Twirl and Swirl target text 
  • Give it a Whirl target text 
  • Whose Turn is it to Swirl, Twirl, and Hurl? target text 
  • A Toy Top can Twirl, Swirl, and Whirl Around target text 

Overview
The children will experiment with twirling and swirling things as they read words that are spelled with -ir and -ur and make the /r/ sound, such as twirl, swirl, whirl, stir, curl, and hurl
 
Literacy Activities
Engage the children in any of the following activities and have them read the text about their experience.
Option 1: Swirl and churn water in a cup

  • Provide a small amount of water in a cup. 
  • Let the children swirl the cup to make the water swirl and churn in the cup.
  • Have the children take turns stirring the water to make it swirl. 
  • Comment as a child swirls first or third or "not first" and  "not third."

Option 2: Twirl to hurl a football

  • Take a crumpled paper football and show how to hurl it by giving it a twirl. 
  • Explain that the correct way to hurl a football is to twirl it as you hurl it.
  • Decide who will be first, second, and third to get a turn. 
  • Comment on the first to have a turn to twirl and hurl.
  • State that the second to get a turn is not first to twirl and hurl.

Option 3: Twirl a toy top or curl (ribbon) to make it whirl 

  • Make a toy top or bottle top twirl and whirl.
  • Put names on the tops (Swirly, Twirly, Burly, Whirly) and see which ones whirl and twirl the best. 
  • Take a long curled ribbon or strip of paper and swirl it around to make it twirl. 
  • Write the names of the tops on cards and see if the top will stop twirling close to its name card.  
  • Write about which top was able to twirl, swirl, and whirl around. Write which top was the first or third to stop.

More Practice
Read target sounds in a text

  • Engage the children in interactive readings of the texts that correspond with the chosen activities. 
  • Write directions for taking turns and state who will be first, second, and third to twirl, swirl, stir, whirl, or hurl the object in their activity.   
  • Have the children write about giving things a whirl and watching them twirl and swirl. 

SEEL Target Texts

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A Toy Top can Twirl, Swirl, and Whirl Around

Toy tops can whirl and swirl and twirl.
Let's make four tops twirl.
We can call the tops Swirly, Twirly, Burly, and Whirly. 
Let's see which top can twirl the longest.
Spin and drop the tops to see if they will twirl.  
Which top will twirl and whirl the longest?
Will it be Swirly, Twirly, Burly, or Whirly?

Whose Turn is it to Swirl, Twirl, and Hurl?

Option 1
Whose turn is it to make some water swirl?
It is a girl's turn.
Give it to her to swirl.
Now it is not the girl's turn to swirl water around.  
It's a boy's turn to swirl.
 
Option 2
Whose turn is it to hurl a football?
It is a girl’s turn to hurl the ball.
Give it to a girl to twirl and hurl.
Now it is not a girl's turn to hurl the ball.  
It is a boy's turn to twirl and hurl the ball.
 
Option 3
Whose turn is it to swirl a curl around?
It is a girl's turn.
Give it to her to swirl.
Now it is not the girl's turn to twirl a curl around.  
It's a boy's turn to twirl.
 
Whose turn is it to twirl and whirl a top?
It is a girl's turn.
Give it to her to twirl and whirl. 
Now it is not the girl's turn to whirl a top. 
It's a boy's turn to twirl and whirl. 
 

Give it a Whirl

Option 1
Give some water a swirl.  
Twirl it around.
Churn it up.
Make it swirl around in the cup.
 
Option 2
Give a Nerf ball a twirl.  
Hurl it and make it swirl in the air.
Twirl it and watch it swirl.  
Make it twirl and whirl through the air.
 
Option 3
Give a toy top a whirl.  
Give it a twirl.  
Make it swirl around.
Make it whirl.
 

Things We Can Make Twirl and Swirl Around

We can make water swirl.
Give it a whirl and churn it up.
We can make a Nerf ball whirl.
Give it a twirl and hurl it far away.
We can make a top swirl.
Give it a twirl and watch it whirl.
We can make ribbon twirl and swirl.
Give it a curl and whirl it around.
There are lots of things that can whirl, twirl, and swirl.

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

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