pig in a wig

Pig in a Wig

Target text


Read and blend sounds for words that end in -ig such as pig, wig, jig, and dig.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • wig
  • pig
  • big
  • dig
  • jig


  • Pink paper 
  • Colored paper 
  • Pig Wig Instructions*
  • Pig Wig Jig chant*
  • Music for a jig (optional)

*Items included below.


The children will pretend to be pigs with wigs doing a jig as they read and create words such as wig, pig, jig, big, and dig.

Literacy Activities
Make a big wig for a pig 

  • Involve the children in making pig wigs using the Pig Wig Instructions (found below).
  • Help the children write -ig words on the pieces of the wig.

Sing or chant the Pig Wig Jig chant

  • Have the children be in a circle and teach the children the Pig Wig Jig chant (see below).
  • Have a child stand in the middle of the circle as the pig in a big wig. 
  • Choose a second child to walk around the circle while the class chants the first verse of the Pig Wig Jig.
  • Permit the second child to join the pig in the middle and do a jig together

as the class sings or chants the second verse.

  • Allow other children to be pigs doing jigs in the circle.

More Practice
Read target words in a text 

  • Read the Pig Wig Jig chant together as a class. 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children help make a list of all of the -ig words in the text. 
  • Involve the children in blending the sounds to make words:
    • Initial consonant and rime ending as in /p/ + /ig/ = pig
    • Individual phonemes as in /p/ + /i/ + /g/  = pig

Clap out sounds in words 

  • Have the children clap once for each sound in the word pig (/p/ /i/ /g/).
  • Ask the children how many sounds they hear in the word pig.
  • Clap for each sound in other words: jig, wig, dig, big, fig, rig.
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SEEL Target Texts

Pig Wig Jig song

(sing slowly to the tune of "Rig-a-Jig Jig")
While I was walking down the street,
Down the street,
Down the street,
A pig in a wig
I got to meet.
Hi ho, hi ho, hi ho!
A rig-a-jig jig
With a pig in a wig,
A pig in a wig,
A pig in a wig.
A rig-a-jig jig
With a pig in a wig.
Hi ho, hi ho, hi ho!
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SEEL At Home


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ig to make words, such as wig, dig, and jig.


  • Pig Wig instructions 
  • Pig Wig Jig chant 
  • Paper

Activity: A Pig in a Wig 

  • Follow the Pig Wig Instructions to make a paper wig.
  • Read the Pig Wig Jig chant as your child wears the wig and pretends to walk down a street, greet a pig, and do a jig.
  • Read the Pig Wig Jig chant with your child. 
  • Have your child underline the words ending in -ig in the chant.
  • Together with your child, blend the beginning sound with the -ig ending (e.g., /p/ + /ig/ = pig) for each of the -ig words. 
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.