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Dig Dig Dig
Target text


Read and write words ending in –ig.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • dig
  • pig
  • wig
  • fig
  • twig


  • Small shovel or large spoon
  • Picture cards
  • Plastic container filled with rice, shredded paper, or packing peanuts
  • Word blending cards

The children will dig for pictures as they read and write words ending in –ig such as twig, pig, wig, and fig.

Literacy Activities

  • 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.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, 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.
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SEEL At Home



Read and write words ending in -ig.


  • Picture/word cards 
  • Container filled with rice/pasta/cotton balls
  • Spoon

Activity: Dig, Dig, Dig

  • Identify the picture cards together and put the cards in the container with rice/pasta/cotton balls.
  • Take turns choosing which of the pictures you would like to dig for.
  • Before you begin digging say, "I want to dig for a ____."
  • Dig with the spoon for the picture.
  • As you dig chant, "Dig, dig, dig for a ____!"
  • After you find the 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 word, support where needed.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.ig-picture-word-cards
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.