Swing a Thing


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ing to make words such as swing, ring, king, and wing.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • swing
  • thing
  • ring
  • string
  • king
  • wing
  • sing


  • String and magnet attached to one end of a stick 
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Container
  • A “thing” for each child to sit on (e.g., carpet square, spot, piece of paper)
  • Swing a Thing song (see target text below) – sung to the tune of Give, Said the Little Stream
  • Playground swing set (if accessible)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will swing –ing things while they add sounds to the -ing ending to make words such as swing, thing, string, and sing.

Practice the skill within an activity

Swing –ing things.

  • Before the activity, attach a paperclip to each picture card and place them in your container.
  • Teach the children the Swing a Thing song (see target text below).
  • Prepare the children to go out to the swings in the playground. 
  • Take the fishing pole (stick with string and magnet) and container and have each child take a “thing” to sit on. 
  • Gather as a group by the swings (a far enough distance so children won’t get hit while someone is swinging). 
  • Choose several children to fish for an –ing thing (see –ing picture cards) with the stick. 
  • Allow those children to swing on the swings with their things while the other children sit on their “thing” and sing the Swing a Thing song. (Please note: if swings are not easily accessible, have children take turns gently swinging their –ing thing at the end of the pole.)

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the target text Swing a Thing together as a class/group. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ing.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Put children in small groups (three to four children) and give each group a set of word blending cards. 
  • Have children work together to make –ing words. 
  • Have each child tell you what his or her “thing” was. Write the name of each “thing” on the board.
  • Read this list together. After you read the list, erase all the first sounds of the words and ask the children what sound is left.

SEEL Target Texts

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Swing a Thing

Bring your *king to swing,
*king to swing, *king to swing.
Bring your *king to swing
Bring your *king to swing; let’s sing
Sing and swing your *king today
Sing, oh sing, oh sing away
Sing and swing your *king today.
Swing your *king today.
*Replace with one of the following words:
(to the tune of Give, Said the Little Stream)


SEEL At Home

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Change the initial sound in -ing words to make new words 
(e.g., change the /r/ in ring to a /k/ to make king).


  • -ing picture cards and Swing a Thing song (see below)
  • String with tape attached to the end so things will stick to it

Activity: Swing a Thing

  • Have your child teach you the Swing a Thing song (see song sheet).
  • Take turns choosing a picture. Attach the picture to the string (with the tape) and sing the Swing a Thing song while swinging the thing (picture) back and forth.
  • Repeat with each picture.
  • Lay the pictures out and cover the beginning sounds in each of the -ing words one by one. Ask your child what sound pattern is left.
  • Have your child choose his or her favorite thing to swing and draw a picture of it. Have your child write the -ing word next to his or her picture. Help your child draw a vertical line between the beginning sound and -ing word ending (e.g.; Draw a line between the letter w and the letter i in the word swing).
  • Send the picture to school to share with a teacher and a friend.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

picture cards


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.