Wiggle and Waggle

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wiggle
  • waggle
  • whirl
  • wave

Materials:

  • Instrumental music for dancing (optional)
  • The Wiggle Dance chant (see below)
  • 2 sheets of paper folded together and stapled along the fold (makes one 4-page booklet)
  • Wiggle! by Doreen Cronin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005) (optional)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will wiggle and waggle while they dance and they will practice saying the /w/ sound in words that start with the letter W such as wave, wagon, and wand.

Practice the skill within an activity

Wiggle and Waggle

  • Read Wiggle! By Doreen Cronin (optional) and have the children listen for words in the story that begin with the /w/ sound.
  • Read the Wiggle Dance chant (see below) to the children.
  • Have the children circle the letter W each time it occurs in the chant.
  • Help the children write the letter W on a piece of paper and explain that the letter W makes the /w/ sound.
  • Read the chant again and have the children wiggle their letter W each time they hear the /w/ sound in the chant.
  • Demonstrate the actions to the chant then repeat the chant and perform the actions together:
    • Wiggle
    • Clap on the /w/ sound
    • Wiggle
    • Join hands with someone
    • Whirl around in a circle
    • Wave and say “woo hoo!”
    • Wiggle
  • Turn on music and allow the children to dance to wiggle and waggle with their letter W (optional).

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read and write words with the target letter

  • Have the children help make a list of things beginning with the letter W that can be wiggled or waggled (e.g., wand, wheel, wagon, weed, wig, worm). Have the children write the letter W at the beginning of each word then provide support as needed for the rest of the word.
  • Have the children make a Wiggle Waggle book comprised of items from the list that start with W.
  • Have the children write the name of something that begins with W on each page. Allow the children to copy the words from the list created as a group.
  • Let the children draw pictures of their objects on the corresponding pages (optional).
  • Put the resulting books in the class library.

SEEL Target Texts

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Wiggle Dance Chant

I’m gonna wiggle, waggle, wiggle
/w/, /w/, /w/.
I’m gonna wiggle, waggle, wiggle
Won’t you wiggle with me?
I’m gonna wiggle and whirl!
And wave, “Woo hoo!”
That’s how the wiggle dance goes!

SEEL At Home

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

Materials

  • The Wiggle Dance chant (see below)
  • Instrumental music (optional)

Activity: Wiggle and Waggle

  • Read The Wiggle Dance chant (see below) with your child.
  • When you are comfortable with the words, add the actions and do The Wiggle Dance together.
  • Help your child write the letter W on a piece of paper.
  • Read the chant again and have your child wiggle the letter W each time he/she hears the /w/ sound in the chant. Emphasize that the letter W makes the /w/ sound. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Wiggle-Dance-chant

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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