Wiggle Worms

Objective

Associate the letter W (and the lowercase letter w) with the /w/ sound (e.g., wiggle, wet, worm).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wiggle
  • worm
  • waggle
  • wet

Materials:

  • Wiggle Worms text (see below)
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Shallow baking pan filled with dirt or sand
  • Whiteboard or Chart Paper
  • Marker
  • Writing practice page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will pretend their fingers are wiggle worms and they will practice saying the /w/ sound in words that start with the letter W such as wiggle, watch, and worm.

Practice the skill within an activity

Wiggle and Waggle

  • Read the Wiggle Worms text (see below) with the children.
  • Use a black marker to draw two eyes and a smile on the tip of the children’s index fingers to make a worm (optional).
  • Set out a pan filled with dirt or sand and let the children wiggle their fingers in the dirt like a worm.
  • Let the children trace the letter W in the sand and have them say the /w/ sound each time they trace the letter W.
  • Have the children circle the letter W each time it occurs in the text Wiggle Worms.
  • Read the text again and have the children wiggle their worm finger every time they hear a word in the song that begins with the /w/ sound.

Apply the skill

Identify the target sound

  • As a group, write a short story on the whiteboard or chart paper about a worm wiggling when it gets wet.
    • Use words beginning with the letter W as much as possible.
    • Have the children take turns writing the letter W at the beginning of each word that begins with the /w/ sound.
    • Read the story together and let the children wiggle their fingers every time they hear a word that starts with the /w/ sound.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter W on the writing practice page (see below).
  • Have the children say the /w/ sound each time they write the letter W.
  • Allow the children to draw a picture of a wiggle worm in the space below the letters.

SEEL Target Texts

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Wiggle Worms

Wiggle Worms
Wiggly worms!
Waggly worms!
Wiggle on the ground.
Waggle all around.
If I were a wiggle worm,
If I were a waggle worm,
I'd wiggle like this!
I'd waggle like that!

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Objective
Associate the letter W with the /w/ sound (e.g., wiggle, wet, worm).

Materials

  • Worm pictures (see below)
  • Wiggle Worms text (see below)
  • Something resembling a worm (e.g., cooked spaghetti, shoelace, or some other object)

Activity: Wiggle Worms

  • Read the Wiggle Worms text (see below) with your child.
  • Wiggle pretend worms (cooked spaghetti, shoelace, or some other object) while you repeat the Wiggle Worms text together.
  • Read the text again and have your child write the letter W on the worm pictures every time he or she hears the /w/ sound in the text. 
  • Write a sentence about worms together with your child, using words that begins with W (e.g.; Worms like to wiggle and waggle. Worms come out when it is wet.).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Worm-pictures

Standards

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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.

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