twirl and swirl and whirl
Read and write words with the medial /er/ sound and the spellings -ir and -ur.
- 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.
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.
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
Give It a Whirl
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
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.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Twirl and Swirl and Whirl