twirl and swirl and whirl

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Target text

Objective

Read and write words with the medial /er/ sound and the spellings -ir and -ur.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • curl
  • girl
  • turn
  • twirl
  • whirl
  • swirl

Materials:

  • Streamer 
  • Wand or stick 
  • Strips of paper 
  • A large shirt and skirt
  • Twirl, Swirl, and Whirl in a Circle target text 
  • Give It a Whirl target text 

State and Model the Objective
The children will swirl and twirl things and then read words with the /er/ sound that are spelled with -ir or -ur, such as twirl, swirl, girl, curl, and turn.
 
Literacy Activities
Twirl, swirl, and whirl a streamer

  • Give each child a paper streamer and show how the streamer can be twirled around. 
  • Have the children take turns swirling and twirling in a circle.
  • Invite the children to swirl, twirl, and whirl around a girl, pointing out that all three words have the /er/ sound.  

Curl and swirl paper

  • Display a list of -ir and -ur words on the board.
  • Give each child a strip or two of paper, and have the children write one of the words from the list on their strip(s) of paper.
  • Show the children how they can curl strips of paper by pulling the strips along a dull surface (a pencil). 
  • Have the children curl their strips of paper.
  • Draw a girl’s face on a whiteboard or poster and have the children attach the curls to the girl’s head.

Swirl and twirl wearing a skirt or shirt

  • Choose a child to wear a large, unbuttoned blouse or men’s dress shirt. 
  • Choose a child to wear a large skirt.  
  • Invite the other children to watch the children wearing the shirt and skirt twirl, swirl, and whirl.
  • Write the -ir words on a board and have the children take turns drawing a swirl around the “ir” in each word.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Read the Twirl, Swirl, and Whirl in a Circle target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Read the target text again, but this time invite a child to whirl and twirl when the word girl or boy is read.
  • Repeat the activity as desired, and end by inviting everyone to twirl, swirl, and whirl around in a circle.

Identify the /er/ sound

  • Read the Give It a Whirl target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you, emphasizing the medial /er/ sound.
  • Have the children circle the medial /er/ sound in words in the target text.
     

SEEL Target Texts

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Give It a Whirl

Whirl a curl around. 
Give it a whirl.
Give a curl a whirl.
Twirl the curl.
Give it a twirl.
Give the curl a twirl.
Swirl a curl.
Give it a swirl.
Give the curl a swirl.
Whirl, twirl, and swirl a curl.

Twirl, Swirl, and Whirl in a Circle

Twirl, swirl, and whirl around in a circle.
A girl can whirl and twirl.
Watch her whirl and twirl in a circle.
Watch her shirt twirl and swirl as she whirls and twirls.
Watch the girl twirl, swirl, and whirl around in a circle.
 
Twirl, swirl, and whirl around in a circle.
A boy can whirl and twirl.
Watch him whirl and twirl in a circle.
Watch his shirt twirl and swirl as he whirls and twirls.
Watch the boy twirl, swirl, and whirl around in a circle.

Standards

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

 

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