Jiggle and Jive


Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound (e.g., jab, jump, jiggle).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • jab
  • jump
  • jiggle
  • jive


  • Small letter cards
  • Large letter cards
  • Jiggle and Jive song to the tune of Hokey Pokey
  • Writing practice page

Tell the children they will do a dance called the Jiggle and Jive and say the /j/ sound in words such as jive, jump, and jiggle.

Literacy Activities
Get a J

  • Have the children form a circle.
  • Have the children trace the letter J and j on the large letter cards taped to the floor.
  • Have the children write the letter J and j in the air with their finger while saying the /j/ sound.
  • Give each child a J sticker (or small letter card with tape) and have them put it on their hand.
  • Ask the children if they know what sound the letter on their hand makes, and have them say the /j/ sound together as a group.

Jiggle and Jive

  • Teach the children the Jiggle and Jive song.
  • Explain that a jive is a kind of dance.
  • Show the children how to dance to the Jiggle and Jive song by jabbing their right hand (the hand with the J sticker) in and out then jiggling and jumping according to the words of the song, danced to the tune of Hokey Pokey 
  • Make sure the children all have their J sticker on their right hand then have them join in doing the Jiggle and Jive song and dance.
  • Have the children move the sticker to their left hand then have them do the song and dance again.
  • Repeat the song using left foot, right foot, head, and whole self as desired (have the children move the sticker each time).

More Practice (choose from the following)
Read target words in a text

  • Read the song Jiggle and Jive to the children.
  • Have the children circle every letter J and j.
  • Read the text again and have the children say the /j/ sound each time you come to a letter J or j.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter J and the lowercase letter j, while producing the /j/ sound.
  • Have the children draw a picture of something that begins with the /j/ sound in the space below the letters (i.e., jacks, jug, jar, jump rope, juice, jam).
  • Emphasize that the letter J makes the /j/ sound.

SEEL Target Texts

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Jiggle and Jive

Jab your J in,
Jab your J out.
Jab your J in,
And jiggle it around.
Jiggle, jaggle, jiggle,
And jump, jump, jump.
Jiggle, jaggle, jump, and jive!


SEEL At Home

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Associate the uppercase letter J (and lowercase j) with the /j/ sound (e.g., jab, jump, jive).


  • Letter cards with tape on the back
  • Jiggle and Jive song
  • Pencil and paper

Activity: Jiggle and Jive

  • Have your child teach you the Jiggle and Jive song and actions (refer to the song below if necessary).
  • Tape a letter card to your right hand then sing the song and do the actions as many times as desired.
  • Tape the letter cards on different body parts to use in the song each time it is sung (e.g., left hand, right foot, left foot, head).
  • Read the Jiggle and Jive song with your child. Have him or her circle the initial letter J or j in words that start with the /j/ sound.
  • Help your child think of other action words that begin with the letter J (e.g., jump, jog, juggle). Write the words together. Have your child write the initial letter j and encourage him or her to sound out the rest of the word (support as needed). 
  • Take turns choosing a word, reading it, and then doing the action.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Jiggle and Jive and Letter Cards


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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.