Associate the letter W (and the lowercase letter w) with the /w/ sound (e.g., wear, wig, Wanda).
- Wanda’s Wig Instructions (see below)
- Picture cards (see below)
- Glue, tape, or paperclips to attach items to wig
- Bee-Wigged, by Cece Bell (Candlewick, Library Binding edition; 2008) (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they 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.
Practice the skill within an activity
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).
- Make a wig (see instructions below) and show it to the children.
- Write the word wig on the board and point out that the letter W at the beginning of the word makes the /w/ sound.
- Allow the children to wear the wig and pretend to be Wanda (or Willy).
Decorate a wig for Wanda
- Read the words on the picture cards (see below) with the children.
- Have the children underline the letter W at the beginning of each word and point out that each word begins with the /w/ sound.
- Allow the children to attach the picture cards to Wanda’s wig using glue, tape, or paperclips.
- If desired, let the children take turns wearing the wig again.
Apply the skill
Identify the target letter
- Make a list of words that start with the letter W: 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 the writing practice page (see below).
- 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).
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter W with the /w/ sound (e.g., wear, wig, Wanda).
- Picture cards (see below)
- Paper strip and yarn to make a wig
- Glue, tape, or paperclips
Activity: Wanda's Wig
- Cut a strip of paper and fit it to your child's head size to make a headband.
- Help your child write the letter W several times on a paper strip then have him/her attach yarn to the headband to make a wig.
- Read through the words on the picture cards with your child.
- 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 paperclips.
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.