wave, wiggle, and waggle

Wave, Wiggle, and Waggle

Wave, Wiggle, and Waggle
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • wiggle
  • waggle
  • worm
  • wave
  • walk


  • Instrumental music to dance to (optional)
  • The Wiggle Dance chant
  • Large letter W—one for each child 
  • Book: Wiggle! by Doreen Cronin (optional)

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will wiggle, waggle, and wave to music while listening for the /w/ sound in words. such as wave, wiggle, waggle, wade, and walk. 

Literacy Activity
Wiggle 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 (optional).
  • Have the children stand in a circle and teach the children the words and corresponding actions of The Wiggle Dance.
  • Turn on instrumental music (optional). 
  • Repeat The Wiggle Dance words and perform the actions together multiple times. 
  • Help the children recall words they heard that begin with the /w/ sound and repeat them back to you, emphasizing the sound (e.g., /w/ /w/ wiggle). 

More Practice
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) and think of actions to go with them. 
  • Repeat The Wiggle Dance chant several times, inserting the different /w/ action words and actions. 
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SEEL Target Texts

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)
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SEEL At Home



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


  • The Wiggle Dance chant
  • Instrumental music (optional) 

Activity: Wiggle and Waggle 

  • Have your child teach you 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). 
  • Think of more action words together that start with the /w/ sound (e.g., walk, wash, watch, weed, work) and think of an action to go with each 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, emphasizing the /w/ sound as you go along. 


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