Dig Dig Dig


Read and write words ending in –ig.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dig
  • pig
  • wig
  • fig
  • twig


  • Small shovel or large spoon
  • ig  Picture/Word Cards (see below)—1 large set and 1 small set 
  • Plastic container filled with rice, shredded paper, or packing peanuts (fold small picture/word cards and place in container with contents.)
  • Word blending cards (see below)
  • Paper and pencil for each child

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will dig as they read and write words ending in –ig: twig, pig, wig, fig.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Display large picture/word cards and discuss what each is.
  • Choose a child to dig for something with the shovel or spoon and have him or her say to the class “I want to dig for a ___.”
  • As the child digs for that item have the class chant “Dig, dig, dig for a ___!”
  • When the child finds a picture/word card, have him or her show it to the class and decide if the correct picture/word card was found.
    • If the correct card was found, put the picture/word card back into the container and choose another child to dig for something.
    • If the card was not correct, have the child dig again until the correct card is found.
  • Repeat the activity as desired.

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

Write target words

  • As a group, make a list of words ending in –ig on the board.
  • Have each child write their own sentences:  I can dig. Dig for a __ig. Encourage them to look at the list of words on the board for help.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending in -ig.


  • -ig picture/word cards (see below) cut out
  • Container filled with rice/pasta/cotton balls
  • Spoon
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Dig, Dig, Dig

  • Identify the -ig picture/word cards together. Put the cards in the container with rice/pasta/cotton balls.
  • Take turns choosing which of the -ig pictures you would like to dig for.
  • Before you begin digging say, "I want to dig for a ____."
  • Dig with the spoon for the -ig picture.
  • As you dig chant, "Dig, dig, dig for a ____!"
  • After you find the -ig picture, show it to the other person and put it back in the container.
  • Write a short story with your child about going on an adventure to dig and find the different -ig objects.
  • Read the short story together. Have your child read each -ig word. Support where needed.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.ig-picture-word-cards


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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/.)