A Wig for a Pig


Read and write words ending in –ig.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wig
  • pig
  • big
  • dig
  • jig


  • Pig Wig Instructions (see below)
  • Premade caps
  • Paper strips of various colors
  • Pig nose (see below)—1 per child
  • Word blending cards (see below)
  • Pig Wig target text (see below)
  • Glue sticks and markers
  • Whiteboard and marker

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will make a pig wig as they read and write words that end in –ig such as pig, wig, and jig.

Practice the skill within an activity
Make a pig wig

  • Give each child a paper wig.
  • Think of words that end with –ig together as a class. Make a list on the board (e.g., dig, jig, big, fig).
  • Have the children write –ig words from the list on the strips of paper to curl and put onto their wig (using tape or glue).
  • Allow each child to attach a pig nose to their pig wig.
  • Have the children pretend to dig or do a jig while wearing their pig wig.

Apply the skill
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
    • pig wig; big dig; fig jig
    • big → beg; wig wag; jig  jog
    • dig dip; big bit; pig pin

Read target words in a text

  • Display the target text Pig Wig (see below) on the board. 
  • Read the text together as a group while the children wear their wigs; have them pretend to dig and dance a jig at the appropriate times while reading the text.
  • Read again, fading support.
  • Allow one child at a time to come to the board and underline an –ig word from the text. Repeat until all –ig words have been underlined.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Review the lesson activity with the children.
  • Have the children write as many different -ig words on the headband of their wig as they can (support as needed).

SEEL Target Texts

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Pig Wig

Let’s make a wig,
A special wig!
Let’s make a wig for a pig!
We can make the pig wig nice and big,
And write words on it that end in –ig.
We can try it on and dance a jig.
We can even put it on and pretend to dig.
There’s so much we can do with a pig wig!



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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/.)