do as i'm doing

Do As I'm Doing

Do As I'm Doing
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter D and lowercase letter d with the /d/ sound in words such as dance, doing, and dig.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • do
  • doing
  • dig
  • dance
  • dip


  • Action word cards*
  • "Do As I’m Doing" song (© 1963 by D. C. Heath and Company; used with permission)

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will learn a song called "Do As I’m Doing" (kind of like follow the leader) as they practice saying the /d/ sound in words that begin with the letter D, such as dance, dig, dip, and do.

Literacy Activities
Do as I’m Doing

  • Teach the children the song "Do as I’m Doing."
  • Have the children choose an action word card and help them read the card, emphasizing the beginning /d/ sound (e.g., /d/, /d/, dance).
  • Let one child be the leader and demonstrate how to do the action on the card.
  • Have everyone do the action while singing the song.
  • Repeat, choosing different children to choose the action card and be the leader.

More Practice
Do D actions

  • Show the children the letter D, then ask them to name the letter and say the sound.
  • List several actions from the activity (i.e., dig, dance, dip, drag, dive, drive, drum, drop) on the board. Let the children write the letter D in each word on the list.
  • Have the children take turns choosing an action from the list on the board, acting it out in front of the class, and having the other children guess the action.
  • Once the children have guessed the correct action, have them point to the D in the word on the board.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the letter D in the air while singing "Do As I’m Doing."
  • Help the children write the uppercase letter D and the lowercase letter d while they produce the /d/ sound.
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SEEL Target Texts

Do as I'm Doing

Do as I'm doing;
Follow, follow me!
Do as I'm doing:
Follow, follow me!
If I do it high or low,
If I do it fast or slow.
Do as I'm doing;
Follow, follow me!
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SEEL At Home



Associate the uppercase letter D and lowercase letter d with the /d/ sound in words such as do, dance, and doing.


  • Action word cards
  • "Do As I'm Doing" song

Activity: Do As I'm Doing

  • Have your child teach you the "Do As I'm Doing" song (use words provided and support as necessary). 
  • Take turns choosing an action card and leading the song "Do As I'm Doing," acting out the chosen word as you sing the song.
  • Read the action cards again with your child and have him or her circle the letter D in each word.
  • Help your child discover things in the room that begin with the letter D.
  • Write a list of the things your child found and let him or her write the beginning letter D for each word.
  • Have your child find the letter D and d in the lyrics of the "Do As I'm Doing" song.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.