ding a ling

Ding a Ling
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with ring (e.g., "Do ring and ding rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with ring."). Point to words in a target text to demonstrate print awareness. 

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ring
  • ding
  • sing 
  • string


  • String
  • Metal rings (e.g., metal washers, key rings, lids of mason jars)
  • Metal spoons
  • Ding-a-Ling Rings song (see target text below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will make music with rings and spoons and hear and say words that rhyme with ring, such as ling, ding, sing, and string

Practice the skill within an activity

Ding and Ling

  • Put the rings on a string one by one in front of the children.
  • Ask two children to hold each end of the string, and demonstrate how to make the rings ding by hitting the spoon against the rings.
  • Have different children take turns holding the ends of the string and hitting the spoons against the rings, while saying phrases such as, "Hit the rings to make them ding", "Ping-a-ling, ping", "Ting-a-ling, ting!"
  • Repeat this until each child has had a turn.
  • Teach the Ding-a-Ling Rings song (see below) to the children.
  • Sing the Ding-a-ling Rings song again, and let the children hit the rings with a spoon when they hear a word that rhymes with ring
  • Ask the children to say all the words they can remember that rhyme with ring from the song or activity.

Apply the skill

Read a predictable, repetitive target text to the children to support print awareness (see target text below)

  • Display the Ding-a-Ling song text large enough for children to easily see. 
  • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence. 
  • Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence. 
  • Allow the children to shadow read by repeating predictable phrases while you read the text again. 
  • Ask the children which words they heard in the song that rhyme with ring.

Practice rhyming 

  • Practice words that rhyme with ring
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (sing, ping, ling, ding, string). 
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with ring (wing, bring, thing, fling, ting). 
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with ring. 
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option: 
      • "How about sing? Does sing rhyme with ring?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme)
      • "Do string and ring rhyme?" (Nod your head yes) 
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g. ring, ling). 
    • Ask the children to put their thumbs up if the words rhyme and their thumbs down if the words do not rhyme. 
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., sing, ting; ring, watch; ting, wing; ping, pong; ding, string) 
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the two words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words. 
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SEEL Target Texts

Ding-a-Ling Rings Song

(Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Ding-a-ling, ding.
Ding-a-ling, ding.
Ping, ping, ping.
Ping, ping, ping
Make rings on a string go 'ping.'
Make rings on a string go 'ting.'
Ting-a-ling, ting.
Ting-a-ling, ting.
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SEEL At Home



Recognize words that rhyme with ring (e.g., "Do ring and ding rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with ring." Point to words in a target text to demonstrate print awareness. 


  • Ding-a-Ling Rings song (see below)
  • A few metal rings (e.g., washers, key rings)
  • String/yarn, 
  • 2 metal spoons 

Activity: Ding-a-Ling Rings

  • Give your child one end of the string/yarn and a few metal rings and you hold the other end of the string and some rings.
  • Take turns stringing a metal ring onto the string.
  • Each of you use a metal spoon to strike the rings and make the rings ding.
  • Ask your child to say words that end with -ing then repeat these words together.
  • Sing the Ding-a-Ling Rings song (see below) with your child and hit the rings with your spoons together each time you hear a word that ends with -ing.
  • Practice and perform the song (while playing the rings) for a family member or friend.Ding-a-LingRingSong
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.