Wave, Wiggle and Waggle


Recognize and/or produce the /w/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /w/. Point to words in a text (see below) to demonstrate print awareness. 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wiggle
  • waggle
  • wave


  • Instrumental music to dance to (optional)
  • The Wiggle Dance chant (see below) – 1 enlarged copy
  • Large letter W (see below) cut out – 1 for each child
  • Book: Wiggle! by Doreen Cronin (optional)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to wiggle, waggle, and wave to music while listening for the /w/ sound in words such as, wave, wiggle, waggle, wade, and walk.

Practice the skill within an activity
Learn, repeat, and waggle to the Wiggle Dance

  • Read the book Wiggle by Doreen Cronin aloud to the children, inviting them to wiggle as indicated in the book.
  • Have the children stand in a circle.
  • Display an enlarged copy of The Wiggle Dance chant (see below) so that the children can see it, and teach the children the words and corresponding actions.
  • Turn on instrumental music (optional).
  • Repeat The Wiggle Dance words and perform the actions together. 
  • Repeat the chant multiple times.
  • Ask the children what words they heard that begin with the /w/ sound.

Apply the skill
Identify words with the target letter

  • With the children, think of other actions that begin with the /w/ sound (e.g., walk, wash, watch, weed, work). Think of actions that you could do to go with the /w/ action words.
  • Repeat The Wiggle Dance chant several times, inserting different /w/ action words and actions.

SEEL Target Texts

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The Wiggle Dance

I'm gonna wiggle, wiggle, wiggle (Wiggle) 
/w/, /w/, /w/ (Clap on the /w/ sound)
I'm gonna wiggle, wiggle, wiggle (Wiggle)
/w/, /w/, /w/ (Clap on the /w/ sound)
Won't you wiggle with me? (Point at someone)
I'm gonna wiggle and waggle (Wiggle and waggle)
And wave, "Woo hoo!" (Wave)
Won't you wiggle with me? (Point at someone and wiggle together)
Woo hoo! That's how the wiggle dance goes! (Wave and wiggle)


SEEL At Home

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Repeat phrases that begin with the /w/ sound (e.g.; Won't you wiggle with me?).


  • The Wiggle Dance chant (see below)
  • Instrumental music (optional)

Activity: Wiggle and Waggle

  • Have your child teach you The Wiggle Dance chant. If necessary, refer to the words and actions for The Wiggle Dance chant provided below.
  • When you are comfortable with the words, add the actions and do The Wiggle Dance together to some instrumental music (optional).
  • After you and your child have done the chant and actions, think of more action words that start with the /w/ sound (e.g., walk, wash, watch, weed, work). Think of an action to go with each /w/ action word. 
  • Insert the new /w/ action word into the chant and repeat the chant with the new word and the new action.
  • Repeat with each of the new /w/ action words.​​​​​ Emphasize the /w/ words as you go along.the-wiggle-dance-chant


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