Swing the String


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • String with a magnet on the end
  • Swing the String song (see target text below)
  • Paper Rings (see below)
  • Paper Crowns (see below)
  • Letter Cards (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend to be a king while they add sounds to the -ing ending to make words such as king, ring, sing, and swing

Practice the skill within an activity

Pretend to be kings with rings

  • Before the activity, assemble paper crowns and rings using the pattern below, attach a paper clip to each ring and spread rings on a table or in a container.
  • Give each child a paper crown so they can pretend to be a king. 
  • Teach the children the Swing the String song (see below).
  • Have a child gently swing his or her string, using the magnet to pick up a ring as everybody sings the Swing the String song. 
  • Repeat so the rest of the children can catch a ring with a string.

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g. /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers = cat clap hands).
    • /k/ /i/ /ng/ = king
    • /r/ /i/ /ng/ = ring
    • /s/ /i/ /ng/ = sing
    • /w/ /i/ /ng/ = wing
  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: king sing; ring ding; wing ping
    • Change the ending sound: ring rink; sing sink; king kind
    • Change the middle sound: sing sang; ring rung

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have children write the –ing words that they created with their letter cards on their crowns.

SEEL Target Texts

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Swing the String (to the tune of It's a Small World)

Swing the string to catch a ring!
Swing the string to catch a ring!
Swing the string to catch a ring! 
King will catch a ring!


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


  • Ring Pictures (cut out and assemble)
  • Swing the String song (see below)
  • Piece of string or yarn
  • Tape

Activity: Swing the String

  • Place the rings on a table or the floor. 
  • Attach a piece of tape to the end of a piece of string or yarn so that it is sticky.
  • Have your child teach you the Swing the String song and take turns swinging the string to catch a ring while singing the song.
  • When all the rings have been caught count how many you each have.
  • Have your child underline all the beginning sounds of the -ing words in the Swing the String song with one color and the -ing ending with a different color.
  • Take turns saying a beginning sound, an ending sound, and blending those sounds together to make a whole word.
  • Help your child write a short letter to a king about a ring (e.g.; Dear King, If you swing the string and sing, you can catch a ring. From, ___).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.ring-pictures-and-string-song


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