Wiggle and Waggle


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


  • Instrumental music for dancing (optional)
  • The Wiggle Dance chant
  • 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)

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.

Literacy Activities
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 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).

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


  • The Wiggle Dance chant
  • Instrumental music (optional)

Activity: Wiggle and Waggle

  • Read The Wiggle Dance chant 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.



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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.