swing the string

Swing the String

Swing the String
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • String
  • One magnet 
  • Paper rings 
  • Paper crowns 
  • Word blending cards
  • Letter pair cards
  • Swing the String song

The children will pretend to be a king as they add sounds to the -ing ending to make words such as king, ring, sing, and swing

Literacy Activities

Pretend to be kings with rings

  • Attach a magnet to the end of a piece of string.
  • Assemble paper crowns and rings using the pattern below, attach a paper clip to each ring, and spread rings on a table.
  • Give each child a paper crown and have them pretend to be a king. 
  • Teach the children the Swing the String song.
  • 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.

More Practice

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Using the letter pair cards, have half of the children tape -ing cards on their shirts and half of the children tape consonant cards on their shirts.
  • Let the children walk around the classroom to find their pair and create a word (r + ing = ring).
  • Have each pair explain how they made their word by having the children with the consonant card pronounce their letter and the child with the -ing card pronounce their ending, then say their full word together.
  • With word blending cards, 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.
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SEEL Target Texts

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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SEEL At Home



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


  • Ring pictures  
  • Piece of string or yarn
  • Swing the String song

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, ___).


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