Watch Worms Wiggle

Objective

Recognize and/or 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—1 per every 3-4 children
  • Dirt or sand (on the cookie sheets)
  • Black washable marker (optional)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to pretend their fingers are worms and make them wiggle while listening for words that begin with the /w/ sound.

Practice the skill within an activity
Watch wet worms wiggle

  • Take a black washable marker and draw two eyes and a smile on the tip of each child’s index finger to make his or her finger into a wiggle worm (optional).
  • Show children how to wiggle and waggle their fingers in the dirt.
  • 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 to the right.
    • 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?
  • Ask the children tell you words they heard that begin with the /w/ sound.

Apply the skill
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 ___ (up, down, this way, that way),” and have them show you by wiggling the worm in that direction.

March and say the sounds in words 

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

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Objective
Children will repeat phrases that begin with the /w/ sound (e.g.; "Watch the worm wiggle.").

Materials

  • Cookie sheet (filled with dirt/sand)
  • Dirt/sand
  • Black washable marker

Activity: Wiggle Worms

  • Take a black washable marker and draw two eyes and a smile on the tip of each you and your child's index fingers to make your fingers into wiggle worms (optional).
  • Have you and your child wiggle and waggle your fingers through the dirt/sand (can be done outside in a sandbox or garden).
  • Pour a little water into the sand/dirt and say, "Now your wiggle worm is going to be wet!"
  • Emphasize the /w/ sound in your phrases:
    • Wiggle your worm to the right.
    • 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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