Wanda's Wig

Objective

Associate the letter W with the /w/ sound as in wear, wig, and web.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wig
  • wear
  • watch
  • web
  • wasp

Materials:

  • Wanda’s Wig instructions
  • Strips of paper
  • Picture cards
  • Glue, tape, or paper clips
  • Book: Bee-Wigged, by Cece Bell (Candlewick, Library Binding edition; 2008) (optional)

Overview
The children will decorate a wig for Wanda as they practice saying the /w/ sound in words that start with the letter W such as water, web, and wig.

Literacy Activities
Make a wig for Wanda

  • Read Bee-Wigged by Cece Bell and have the children listen for words that begin with the /w/ sound (optional).
  • Create a wig by making a headband out of two strips of paper, curling smaller pieces of paper around a pencil, and then stapling the curled papers to the headband. 
  • Show the children the wig and explain that it belongs to a friend named Wanda. 
  • Write the word wig on the board and point out that the letter W makes the /w/ sound.
  • Allow the children to take turns wearing the wig and pretend to be Wanda (or Willy).

Decorate a wig for Wanda

  • With the children, read the words on the picture cards and point out that each word begins with the /w/ sound.
  • Have the children underline the letter W at the beginning of each word.
  • Allow the children to attach the picture cards to Wanda’s wig using glue, tape, or paper clips.
  • If desired, let the children take turns wearing the wig again.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Make a list of words that start with the letter W (e.g., wish, wet, wall, web, win).
  • Have the children underline the letter W at the beginning of each word.
  • Instruct the children to say the /w/ sound each time they underline the letter W.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter W on a writing practice page.
  • Instruct the children to say the /w/ sound each time they write the letter W.
  • Allow the children to draw a picture of an object that starts with the /w/ sound in the space below the letters (optional).

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Objective
Associate the letter W with the /w/ sound as in wear, wig, and Wanda.

Materials

  • Picture cards
  • Strip of paper 
  • Yarn 
  • Glue, tape, or paper clips 

Activity: Wanda's Wig

  • Tell your child that you will make a wig for a friend named Wanda.

    • Give your child two strips of paper and help him or her write the letter W several times on the strips of paper.
    • Staple the strips together to make a headband, then have your child attach yarn to the headband to make a wig.
  • With your child, read through the words on the picture cards.
  • Have your child underline the letter W at the beginning of each word and emphasize that the letter W makes the /w/ sound.
  • Let your child attach the cards to the headband using tape, glue, or paper clips.W Picture Cards

Standards

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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.

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