A Pig Can Dig
Read and write words that end in –ig.
- Aluminum cupcake/muffin tin (with 6 spaces) filled with dirt
- Picture cards (see below) partially buried in the dirt
- Word cards (see below)
- Sentence strips (see below)
- Pig wig (see instructions below)
- Plastic spoons for digging
- The Pig that Digs and Digs text (see below)
- A 3x5 index card and 3x3 sticky notes to create an –ig flipbook
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend to dig like a pig as they read and write words that end in –ig: twig, big, jig, fig.
Practice the skill within an activity
Dig like a pig
- Set up a cupcake tin with dirt and –ig picture cards (see below) partially covered in the dirt.
- Give each child a spoon and a wig with a pig snout to wear (see instructions below).
- Help the children read sentence strips (see below) about what they should look for while digging:
- Dig, pig! Look for a twig!
- Dig, pig! Look for something used to dig!
- Dig, pig! Look for kids dancing a jig!
- Dig, pig! Go find a fig!
- Dig, pig! Go find a wig!
- Dig pig! Go find a pig!
- Let the children wear a wig, dance a jig, and dig like a pig as they search the dirt for pictures of the items named in the sentences.
Dig for –ig words
- Set up the cupcake tin with –ig word cards partly covered in the dirt (see below).
- Have the children dig to uncover the words.
- Invite the children to read the words as they uncover them.
Apply the skill
Make an –ig word flip-book
- Write the –ig ending on the far right side of a 3x5 index card.
- Write the following letters or blends on separate 3x3 sticky notes: D, P, Tw, B, J, F, W.
- Staple the sticky notes to the index card on the left side of the –ig ending.
- Read each new –ig word as you flip through the initial letters or blends (e.g., dig, pig, twig, big, jig, fig, wig).
Read target words in a text
- Read the text The Pig That Digs and Digs together with the class or small group (see below).
- Have the children underline the words that end in –ig.
- Read the text again, fading support.
SEEL Target Texts
The Pig that Digs and Digs
That pig wanted to dig and dig!
He dug up a twig and did a jig.
And he used the twig to dig.
With the wig on his head he continued to dig.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
A Pig Can Dig