Watch Worms Wiggle

Objective

Recognize and produce the /w/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /w/.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • worm 
  • wiggle
  • waggle

Materials:

  • Cookie sheet—one for every 3–4 children
  • Dirt or sand
  • Black washable marker (optional)

Overview
The children will pretend their fingers are wiggling worms while listening for words that begin with the /w/ sound, such as watch, worm, wiggle, and wait

Literacy Activity
Watch wet worms wiggle

  • Draw two eyes and a smile with a black washable marker on the tip of each child’s index finger to make his or her finger into a wiggle worm (optional). 
  • Show the children how to wiggle and waggle their “worms” in the dirt, and explain that wiggle, waggle, and worm all start with the /w/ sound. 
  • Pour a little water into the sand or dirt and say, “Now your wiggle worm is going to be wet!”
  • Emphasize the /w/ sound in phrases like the following: 
    • Wiggle your worm wildly.
    • Watch how I waggle my wiggle worm. 
    • Now wiggle and waggle your worm. 
    • Wiggle your worm up and down.
    • Can your wiggle worm wave? 
  • Help the children remember words they heard that begin with the /w/ sound, and emphasize the sound as you say them together (e.g., /w/ /w/ worm). 

More Practice
Repeat words with the target letter 

  • Ask the children which way they like to waggle their wiggle worms. 
  • Have them answer by saying, “I like to waggle my wiggle worm ___ (e.g., way up, way down, this way, that way),” and wiggle their worm accordingly. 

March and say the sounds in words 

  • Have the children march and say each sound of the word wad
    • segment sounds: say /w/ (march right), say /a/ (march left), say /d/ (march right) 
    • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say wad to blend the sounds into the whole word 
  • Repeat with other words that start with /w/ (e.g., wit, won, win, wet). 

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Objective
Recognize and produce the /w/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /w/

Materials

  • Cookie sheet
  • Dirt or sand 
  • Black washable marker (optional)

Activity: Wiggle Worms

  • Draw two eyes and a smile on the tip of you and your child's index fingers with a washable marker to make your fingers into wiggle worms (optional). 
  • Have you and your child wiggle and waggle your fingers through the dirt or sand (can also be done outside in a sandbox or garden). 
  • Pour a little water into the dirt or sand and say, "Now your wiggle worm is going to be wet!" 
  • Emphasize the /w/ sound in your phrases: 
    • Wiggle your worm wildly. 
    • Watch how I waggle my wiggle worm. 
    • Now wiggle and waggle your worm slow. 
    • Wiggle your worm up and down. 
    • Can your wiggle worm wave? 
  • Have fun together thinking of words that begin with /w/. 

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