|Grade:||1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade & Kindergarten|
|Duration:||10 - 20 minutes|
Sing and play the singing game, Rig-a-Jig-Jig. Tweak the game in developmentally appropriate ways to practice letter sounds in grades K-3. A student favorite.
Natural voice free from strain
Practice decoding letters and letter combinations while singing in a natural voice.
Students may be seated at desks or on the floor in any configuration. There needs to be space in the room to move.
Sing the song (or play the recording) for the students. Ask students to summarize the story the song is telling (i.e. I am walking down the street, I unexpectedly meet a friend, and we continue down the street together). Clarify words the students may not know, such as “chanced.”
I usually change the words “a pretty girl I chanced to meet” to “a friend of mine I chanced to meet.”
As you repeat the song or phrases of the song in the course of this discussion, invite the children to sing along with you as soon as they are comfortable doing so.
Once children know the song, introduce the singing game, showing the movements while everyone sings the song. Older children may be able to learn two or three of the following steps at once.
Have students do these actions in place with you while singing the song. They will remember the lyrics much better if they perform the movements while they sing.
Next, demonstrate the full game. Using the same phrase segments listed above, use the full actions of the singing game. Be sure students sing with you in a natural, unstrained singing voice while you demonstrate.
After completing the game once, write “Rig-a-Jig-Jig” on the board, with the “i’s” written in a different color than the other letters.
Tell the students we do not have time to play Rig-a-Jig-Jig again. Then erase the i’s and replace them with another vowel or vowel combination (i.e. oi). Do not say the word for the students. Let them sound out the new word then play the game again, practicing the new vowel sound. Repeat this process and continue to enjoy.
This song works just as well to teach initial or final consonants by keeping the “i” vowel intact and replacing initial or final consonants instead.
Play the game once again, if time allows. Review all the different names the class created for the game by changing vowels or consonants.