Do As I Am Doing

Do As I Am Doing
Target text


Recognize and produce the /d/ sound in a series of words that all begin with the /d/ sound.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • dig
  • dive
  • dance
  • dip
  • drum


  • Do As I’m Doing music
  • Do As I'm Doing alternative lyrics 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will dance, dig, and dive as they listen for words with the /d/ sound, such as do, drive, dash, and draw

Literacy Activities
Do as I am doing with the /d/ sound

  • Teach the alternative lyrics to the tune of Do As I’m Doing 
  • Give a child the opportunity to choose an action that starts with the /d/ sound (e.g., “Do you want to drop or drink?”)
  • Choose a child to be the leader and lead everyone in doing the action while singing the song.
  • Repeat and call on different children to be the leader and choose the next /d/ sound action word. 

More Practice
Repeat words with the target sound

  • Ask several children to help you think of things from the activity that begin with /d/ that a man named Dan could do (e.g., Dan can dance, and drink, and draw.)
  • As each child suggests an action, add it to the sentence and have the children act the sentence out as you repeat it, emphasizing the /d/ sound at the beginning of the words (invite the children to join in saying the sentence if desired).
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SEEL Target Texts

Do As I'm Doing

Do as I'm doing.
*Dig and *dig and *dig!
Do as I'm doing.
*Dig and *dig and *dig! 
I can do it high or low.
I can do it fast or slow.
Do as I'm doing.
*Dig and *dig and *dig!
Do as I'm doing.
*Dig and *dig and *dig!


*Each time the song is sung, replace the word dig with another /d/ sound action word, such as dive, dance, drop, drag, drink, draw, drive, dip, or drum.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.