wiggle worms

Wiggle Worms

Wiggle Worms
Target text


Associate the letter W with the /w/ sound as in wiggle, wet, and worm.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • wiggle
  • worm
  • waggle
  • wet


  • Black marker (optional)
  • Shallow pan 
  • Dirt or sand
  • Writing practice page
  • Wiggle Worms target text

The children will pretend their fingers are wiggle worms as they practice saying the /w/ sound in words such as wiggle, watch, and worm.

Literacy Activities
Wiggle and waggle

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

Identify the target sound

  • As a group, write a short story on the whiteboard about a wiggling worm that 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.
  • 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.
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SEEL Target Texts

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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SEEL At Home



Associate the letter W with the /w/ sound as in wiggle, wet, and worm.


  • Worm graphics
  • Wiggle Worms target text
  • Objects resembling a worm (e.g., cooked spaghetti, shoelace)

Activity: Wiggle Worms

  • Read the Wiggle Worms text with your child.
  • Wiggle the pretend worms while you repeat the Wiggle Worms target text together.
  • Read the text again and have your child write the letter W in one of the segments of the worm graphic every time he or she hears the /w/ sound in the text. 
  • Write a sentence about worms by using words that begin with the letter W (e.g., "Worms like to wiggle and waggle. Worms come out when it is wet.").
  • Repeat the activity as desired.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.