rings ding and sing

Rings Ding and Sing

Rings Ding and Sing
Target text


Read and write words that end with ing.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ring
  • ding
  • sing
  • swing
  • string


  • String
  • Metal rings (e.g., metal washer rings or key rings)
  • Metal spoons for striking the rings
  • Word-building cards*
  • Ding-a-ling Rings target text to the tune of "Frere Jacques"*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will make some metal rings ding and sing as they read and write words ending in ing, such as ping, string, swing, and ding.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Make rings ding

  • Teach the children the Ding-a-Ling Rings target text (see below) and sing it together. 
  • Demonstrate how to put the rings on the string to make them ding. 
  • Have one child stand opposite you and hold one end of the string so it is tight. 
  • Strike the rings with the spoon or swing the string (like a jump-rope) to make the rings ding.
  • Sing the Ding-a-Ling Rings song again and have the children hit the rings with the spoon each time they sing a word ending with –ing

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing either a consonant or the vowel.

  • Change the beginning consonant: ding → sing; ring → ping; string → swing
  • Change the vowel: sing → sang; ring → rung; ding → dong
  • Change the ending consonant: sing → sink; swing → swim; ding → dig

Write target words

  • Make a list of -ing words from the song on the board.
  • Choose a well-known tune and write new words to it about how rings go ding-a-ling, using ing words from your list. 
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SEEL Target Texts

Ding-a-Ling Rings

(Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Ding-a-ling, ding
Ting-a-ling, ting
Swing that string
Swing that string
We can make the rings sing!
We can make the rings sing!
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words ending in -ing.


  • Ding-a-Ling Rings song
  • A few metal rings (e.g., washers or key rings)
  • String or yarn
  • Metal spoon
  • Pencil and paper

Activity: Ding-a-Ling Rings

  • Hold the string tightly between you and your child. (Each person will hold one end of the string.)
  • String the metal rings onto the string.
  • Strike the rings with a spoon to make the rings ding.
  • Sing the Ding-a-Ling Rings song with your child. Have him or her hit the rings with the spoon each time he or she hears a word that ends with -ing.
  • Help your child make a list of words ending with -ing. Read this list together.
  • Help your child write a song using the -ing words he or she has listed (think of a well-known tune like It's a Small World or Hot Cross Buns and use words that end with -ing). 
  • Practice and perform the song (while playing the rings) for a family member or friend.
  • 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.