jiggle and jive
Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound as in jab, jump, and jiggle.
- 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.
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).
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
Jiggle and Jive
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
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.
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.
Jiggle and Jive