Inspect Icky Insects


Associate the letter I (and lowercase letter i) with the short /i/ sound (e.g., the /i/ sound in igloo, insect, icky).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • insect
  • inspect
  • icky
  • igloo
  • inside


  • Insect graphics
  • Picture cards
  • Magnifying glass or picture of a magnifying glass
  • Word cards
  • Inchworm graphics
  • Ruler

Tell the children that today they will inspect icky insects for words that start with the letter I and the short /i/ sound such as igloo, inch, and inspect.

Literacy Activities
Inspect icky insects

  • Tape picture cards of words that begin with I to the back of the insect graphics.
  • Tell the children that the icky insects are hiding pictures of words that begin with the /i/ sound.
  • Have the children inspect (explain that inspect means to look at something closely) the icky insects with a magnifying glass (or a picture of a magnifying glass) to find what the insects are hiding.
  • Have the children underline the letter I in each word while saying the /i/ sound.
  • Repeat the activity using word cards. Provide help as needed as the children read the written words.
  • Let the children use an insect to write the letter I in the air while saying the /i/ sound.

Inspect an inchworm

  • Give the children a picture of an inchworm.
  • Show the children how to measure an inch with a ruler, then have them inspect the inchworm with a ruler to find out if the inchworm is, in fact, an inch long.
  • Write a sentence stating, “The inchworm is an inch long,” or “The inchworm is not an inch long.”
  • Have the children write the letter I (and lowercase letter i) on the inchworm while saying the /i/ sound.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their head (beginning), their stomach (middle) and knees (end) (e.g. sit = /s/ tap head, /i/ tap stomach, /t/ tap knees). Point out that all of the words have the /i/ sound in the middle of the word.
    • dig = /d/ /i/ /g/
    • hit = /h/ /i/ /t/
    • pin = /p/ /i/ /n/
  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their head (beginning sound), their shoulders (middle sound) and knees (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g., /s/ tap head, /i/ tap shoulders, /t/ tap knees = /cat/ clap hands).
    • /d/ /i/ /g// = dig
    • /h/ /i/ /t/ = hit
    • /p/ /i/ /n/ = pin


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter i (and capital I) with the short ĭ sound (e.g., the ĭ sound in igloo, iguana, inchworm).


  • Picture cards
  • Crayons/markers to draw insects
  • Ruler to inspect insects

Activity: Inside the Igloo

  • Help your child draw individual pictures of 8 insects.
  • Tape the letter graphics to the back of pictures your child drew (don't let your child see). Lay the insect pictures on a table or the floor facing right-side up.
  • Inspect the insects to discover which picture is hiding on the back.  
  • Inspect the insects with a ruler to find out if they are an inch long. 
  • Make a list of the words from the activity and underline the letter i. Emphasize that I makes the ĭ sound.
  • Have your child write the letter i (and uppercase I) several times in a row while saying the ĭ sound.
  • Inspect the row of letters with a ruler to find out how many inches long the row is.
  • Remember to be playful and have fun!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.