swing a thing

Swing a Thing

Swing a Thing
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • String
  • Magnet  
  • Picture cards 
  • Container
  • A “thing” for each child to sit on 
  • "Swing a Thing" song  
  • Playground swing set (if accessible)

The children will swing –ing things as they add sounds to the -ing ending to make words such as swing, thing, string, and sing.

Literacy Activities
Swing –ing things.

  • Attach a paperclip to each picture card and place them in your container.
  • Teach the children the Swing a Thing song, sung to the tune of "Give, Said the Little Stream".
  • Have the children 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” (carpet square or piece of paper) to sit on. 
  • Gather as a group by the swings. 
  • Choose several children to fish for a thing picture card 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. (If swings are not easily accessible, have children take turns gently swinging their –ing thing at the end of the pole.)

More Practice
Read target words in a text 

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

Write about the activity using target words

  • Put the children in small groups 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” (picture) 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.
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SEEL Target Texts

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)
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SEEL At Home



Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with the -ing ending to make words such as swing, thing, and ring.


  • -ing picture cards 
  • "Swing a Thing" song 
  • String with tape attached to the end 

Activity: Swing a Thing

  • Have your child teach you the "Swing a Thing" song.
  • Take turns choosing a picture card.
  • Attach the picture to the string 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).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

picture cards

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