pigs like to dig

Pigs Like to Dig

Pigs Like to Dig
Target text


Read short-vowel words in a text.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • dig
  • mud
  • pen
  • hat
  • hot


  • A box
  • Dry beans, packing peanuts, or shredded paper
  • Sticks or twigs
  • Word cards*
  • Word building cards*
  • Pigs Like to Dig text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will read a text with short-vowel words, such as pig, dig, mud, and plant while they dig like pigs.
Literacy Activities
Read the Pigs Like to Dig target text

  • Engage the children in shared reading of the Pigs Like to Dig text (see below).
  • Repeat, fading support.

Pigs dig for grubs and bugs

  • Fill a box with beans, packing peanuts, or shredded paper and mix in word cards.
  • Say “Pigs dig for ___” and have the children use sticks or twigs to dig through the box to find that word. Let children read the words they find.

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Changing either the vowel or consonant(s), have the children make new words by pushing the word-building cards around with a stick:
  • pigdigbigbug, hathot, bugmugmud.
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SEEL Target Texts

Pigs Like to Dig

Pigs like to dig.
They dig in mud.
They dig up plants.
They dig up grass.
They dig for grubs and bugs.
They dig if they are in a pen.
They dig if they are not in a pen.
They can not stop.

Pigs like to dig with sticks and twigs.
They make a nest of sticks and twigs.

Pigs like to just sit in mud.
Pigs sit in mud if it gets hot.
But pigs can not spend much time in the sun.
The sun can burn the pig’s skin.
Do you think a big hat can help?
I wonder if a hat can help, or maybe a big umbrella?


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