read and spell words, children must be
able to identify letters and their phonemes.
Letter knowledge is one of the best predictors of reading
success. This lesson will introduce the
sound, and the mouth moves for /sh/.
Students will accomplish this by reading words with the /sh/
paper and pencil, chart with "Sherry
shines her shoes"; Alphie the puppet; letterboxes for each student with
small letters needed for the lesson; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish
dry/erase board; marker
- Alphie (the puppet) has
brought us a silly note. Let's try to
figure out what letters make the /sh/ sound and the mouth movements we
- Alphie is going to help
you remember the /sh/ sound. When he hears
the /sh/, he's going to shine his shoes. When
we hear the /sh/, we can all shine our shoes like Alphie!
- Now let's try our tongue
twister printed on the chart: Sherry
shines her shoes. Everybody says it
three times together. Very
good! Now this time I want you to stretch
the /sh/ at the beginning of the words. Here
we go! SSShhherry ssshhhines her ssshhhoes. Nice job everyone! Try
it again and this time I want you to break the /sh/ off of the words: /Sh/erry /sh/ines her /sh/oes.
Very well done!
- Have students take out primary paper
and pencil. Now let's practice
writing the letters that make the /sh/ sound. Watch
me first make the letter s. Star tbelow
the top of the fence, curve left, curve right around and stop. Now you try! All
students should attempt writing the letter s. Now watch me make the letter h. Start
below the top of the wall, draw straight down to the bottom of the wall. Go back up that same line to the fence, curve
right and back down and stop at the bottom of the wall again. Let's see you try it! Everybody
should attempt to write the letter h. I want everybody to make 7 more s's and h's.
Be sure to pair each s and h up so they can make the /sh/.
- I've got a fun game I want
to play with you now. I've handed you each
a set of letterboxes with some letters. We're
going to use those letters to help us spell out a word according to its
sounds. Let me show you.
Model by finding the vowel first which is the i. Make the /i/ sound. Next
attach the /sh/ to the beginning of the /i/. Finally,
add the /p/ to the end of the first two phonemes to make the word
shore, shift, shoe, Sherry, shirt, show, shop, shine
phonemes: ash, she
3 phonemes: ship,
shop, cash, fish, shell
4 phonemes: shift
f, h, i, l,
l, o, p, s, t
- Read the book Fish in Class. Have the student shine their shoes when they
hear the /sh/. List those words on a
dry/erase board. Have the students draw a
picture of an object that starts with the /sh/ sound.
Have each student tell about their drawing when they are
finished. Display their work!
- For assessment, use teacher
observation as they spell each word according to their phonemes and as
they make the /sh/ sound. Check if they
are making the sound correctly. The
teacher may also pull each child individually and conduct a running
record. The passage will be taken from One
Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red
Fish. Random House Books for
Readers: March 12, 1960. 72
McIntosh, Kelly (2004). "Shhh,"
said the Fish. A beginning reading
design by Kelly McIntosh. Auburn
University Reading Genie Website: retrieved July 11, 2004.
Success For All
Reading Development Team. Fast Track
Phonics for Roots. Baltimore,
For All Foundation, 2002. pp. 84