things to twirl, hurl, and swirl

Objective

Read and write words with /er/ sound spelled with
-ir and -ur.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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

Materials:

  • Water  
  • A cup 
  • Stirring spoon or stick
  • Ribbons or strips of paper 
  • Four spinning tops or lids from bottles
  • 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* 

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will twirl and swirl things and then read and write words that are spelled with -ir and -ur such as twirl, swirl, whirl, stir, curl, and hurl

Literacy Activities
Swirl and churn water in a cup

  • Read the Make Some Water Swirl target text (found below) to the children, emphasizing the words twirl, swirl, turn, and stir. Provide a small amount of water in a cup. 
  • Let the children swirl the cup to make the water swirl and churn.
  • Have the children take turns stirring the water with a spoon or stick to make it swirl. 
  • Comment on the first and third and the not first and not third child who is stirring the water (i.e., “You are the first to swirl it. You are not the third to swirl it.”).

Twirl to hurl a football

  • Crumple up a piece of paper into the shape of a football.
  • Explain that the correct way to hurl a football is to twirl it as you hurl it so it will swirl.
  • Comment, as the children take turns hurling and twirling the crumpled paper, who is first and who is not first to twirl and hurl the ball.
  • State that the second child to get a turn is not first to twirl and hurl the ball.

Twirl a toy top and curl a ribbon 

  • Twirl and whirl a toy top or a lid from a bottle.
  • Name the tops Swirly, Twirly, Burly, and Whirly.
  • Place out cards with /er/ words and see where each top will stop after spinning (e.g., close to the word curl).  
  • Take a long, curled ribbon or strip of paper and swirl it around to make it twirl. 
  • Read the Whose Turn Is It? target text (found below) to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you while choosing children to act it out.

Write about tops that swirl, twirl, and whirl

  • Display the names of the tops and the synonyms for spinning such as twirl, swirl, whirl, and turn.
  • Twirl the tops and see which ones stop whirling and twirling first and which top stops whirling and twirling third.
  • Have the children write their answer about which top stopped first and which top stopped third using the names and synonyms displayed.

More Practice
Read target sounds in a text

  • Read the A Toy Top Can Twirl, Swirl, and Whirl Around target text (found below) to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Read the text together again, this time selecting a child to stand up and do a twirl when you read a word with the /er/ sound.

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.
Turn 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?

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.
Give it to him to swirl.
 
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 to him to twirl and whirl.

Give It A Whirl!

Do you think we can make water swirl?
Give it a whirl!
We tried, and we can make water swirl!
 
Do you think we can make a ball whirl?
Give it a whirl!
We tried, and we can make a ball whirl!
 
Do you think we can make a top swirl?
Give it a whirl!
We tried, and we can make a top swirl!
Give it a twirl and watch it whirl.
 
Do you think we can turn a ribbon to make it swirl?
Give it a whirl!
We tried, and we can make a ribbon turn!
Give it a curl and whirl it around.
There are lots of things that can whirl, twirl, and swirl.

Make Some Water Swirl 

Take a turn to swirl some water.
Let it be a girl's turn to give it a swirl.
Give it a twirl.
Let the girl give it a twirl.
Give it to her to swirl.
Let the girl turn the cup to swirl water around.  
 
Take a turn to swirl some water.
Let it be a boy's turn to give it a swirl.
Give it a twirl.
Let the boy give it a twirl.
Give it to him to swirl.
Let the boy turn the cup to swirl water around. 

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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