Jiggle and Jive

Jiggle and Jive
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound as in jab, jump, and jiggle.

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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

The children will do a dance called the Jiggle and Jive as they 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 letters J and j on the large letter cards taped to the floor.
  • Have the children write the letters J and j in the air with their finger while saying the /j/ sound.
  • Give each child a J sticker (or a small letter card with tape) and have them put it on their hands.
  • 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 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 hands, then have them join in the Jiggle and Jive song and dance.
  • Have the children move the sticker to their left hands, then have them do the song and dance again.
  • Repeat the song using the children's left feet, right feet, heads, and whole selves as desired (have the children move the sticker each time).

More Practice 
Read target words in a text

  • Read the Jiggle and Jive song 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 lowercase letter j while they produce the /j/ sound.
  • Have the children draw a picture of something that begins with the /j/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., 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!


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Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound as in jab, jump, and jive.


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

Activity: Jiggle and Jive

  • Teach your child the Jiggle and Jive song and actions (refer to the song below when necessary).
  • Tape a letter card to your right hand and your child’s 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 and have him or her circle the 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). 
  • Have your child write the letters J and j as you 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 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.