Inspect Icky Insects


Associate the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i with the short /i/ sound as 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

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

Literacy Activities
Inspect icky insects

  • Tape the 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 (support as needed).
  • Let the children use an insect picture 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
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Have children identify the beginning, middle, and ending sounds of words by tapping their head (beginning), their shoulders (middle) and their toes (end).
    • For example: 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


SEEL At Home

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Associate the uppercase letter and lowercase letter i with the short /i/ sound as in igloo, iguana, inchworm).


  • Picture cards
  • Crayons or markers 
  • Ruler 

Activity: Inside the Igloo

  • Help your child draw individual pictures of eight insects.
  • Tape the letter graphics to the back of pictures and don't let your child see.
  • Lay the insect pictures on a table or floor facing right-side up.
  • Have your child inspect the insects to discover which picture is hiding on the back.  
  • Then, have your child inspect the insects with a ruler to find out whether are an inch long. 
  • Make a list of the words from the activity and underline the letter i, emphasizing that I makes the /i/ sound.
  • Have your child write the uppercase letter and lowercase letter i several times in a row while saying the /i/ sound.
  • Inspect the row of letters with a ruler to find out how many inches long the row is.
  • Pictures-start-with-i


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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.