W Wiggle Dance

Objective

Name and identify the uppercase letter W and the lowercase letter w. Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wiggle
  • waggle
  • whirl

Materials:

  • Letter cards (see below)
  • The Wiggle Dance chant (see target text below)
  • Instrumental music (optional)
  • Wiggle! by Doreen Cronin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) (optional)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will wiggle the letter W in a wiggle waggle dance as they practice identifying and writing the uppercase letter W and the lowercase letter w.

Practice the skill within an activity

Wiggle Waggle

  • Read the book Wiggle! By Doreen Cronin to the children and have them look for the letter W in the book (optional).
  • Give the children a letter card (see below) and have them name the letter on the card.
  • Teach the children the words and actions to the Wiggle Dance chant (see below).
  • Explain that wiggle and waggle mean to shake or move back and forth.
  • Explain that "whirl" means to spin around.
  • Turn on instrumental music (optional).
  • Allow the children to wiggle, waggle, and whirl their letter card as they do the Wiggle Dance.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter in a text

  • Show the children the text for the Wiggle Dance chant.
  • Have the children circle the letter W every time it occurs in the text.
  • Read the text slowly, following along with your finger, and have the children write the letter W in the air each time they see the letter W in the text.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter W on a piece of paper.
  • Allow the children to do the Wiggle Dance again using the letter W paper that they made.

SEEL Target Texts

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The Wiggle Dance

I love to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.
Won’t you wiggle with me?
I love to waggle, waggle, waggle.
Won’t you waggle with me?
I love to whirl, whirl, whirl.
Won’t you whirl with me?
Wiggle!
Waggle!
Whirl!
That’s how the wiggle dance goes!

Printouts

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Objective 
Name and identify the uppercase letter W and the lowercase letter w.

Materials

  • The Wiggle Dance chant (see below)

Activity: W Wiggle Dance

  • Help your child write a large letter W on a piece of paper.
  • Review The Wiggle Dance chant (see below) with your child.
  • Turn on instrumental music (optional).
  • Let your child do The Wiggle Dance using the letter W that he/she made.
  • Have your child circle the letter W every time it occurs in the text to The Wiggle Dance chant.
  • Read the text slowly, following along with your finger, and have your child write the letter W in the air each time he/she sees the letter W in the text.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Wiggle-Dance

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.

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