Sam the Slithering Snake

Casey Wilson

Emergent Literacy

Rationale: In this lesson, children will identify /s/ the phoneme represented by S. The student will learn to recognize /s/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (slithering) and the letter S, repeating a tongue tickler with /s/, and practice finding the phoneme/s/ in spoken words through the use of phonemic awareness in phonetic cue reading.


-Tongue tickler "Sam the slithering snake slid by Sally the snail"

-Primary paper


- "What Begins with S" worksheet




1. "Today we are going to learn about the letter 's' and the sound it makes. The letter S makes the /s/ sound like a snake makes when it is slithering by.  Now let's make the /s/ soud.  Pay attention to how your mouth moves when you make the sound.


2. Now let's say the tongue tickler. I will say it then you repeat after me. "Sam the slithering snake slid by Sally the snail.  Did you notice the /s/ sound that your mouth was making.  Do you hear the/s/ sound in sit or pit? saw or ball?

3. Let me show you how to find /s/ in snow.  I am going to say the word slowly and stretch it out while you listen for the /s/ sound that a snake makes.  Sss-nnn-ooo-ww.  Did you hear the sound?

4. I am going to read a sentence and I want to see your letters each time I say /s/.

"Sarah and Sue sat on the seesaw singing silly songs."


5. I will now read a couple words together to see if you can tell which word contains the letter s. If you hear /s/ I want you to raise your slithering S snake in the air. Do you hear /s/ in third or second?  Happy or sad?  Skip or run? Winter or summer?"



Assessment: I will pass out a worksheet. The students will practice printing the letter S and decide which pictures begin with S. Also, I will call students forward to individually read the words from number 8 above.






Hollis, Haley. Slithering Snake Says 'SSSsssss"


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