Rationale: To help students learn that a digraph stands for one mouth movement. Students need to understand that although there are 2 letters that make up the digraph those letters combine to make one sound. Also this lesson will help the students read and write words with the /sh/ digraph. The goal of this lesson is that the students will growing in their understanding of the /sh/ digraph and will be able to identify /sh/ when seen in print. To help accomplish this goal letterbox lessons will be used.
Materials: Elkonin Boxes and letters (i, f, s, h, c, a, t, p, w, m, e, o) for each student, sentence strips with the phrase Shirley’s shoes and shorts were soaked after the shower on Sunday. Fish Wish by Bob Barner, and a fish with the words: fish, list, cat, ship, wish, met, show, spit written inside.
1. Good Morning! Today we are going to talk about the letters ‘s’ and ‘h’ and the sound that they make when you put them side by side in a word. Does anyone know what ‘s’ and ‘h’ make when there together? Well, What does someone usually say when they ask you to be quiet? Shhh! That is right. Well, that is the sound that ‘s’ and ‘h’ make when you say them together! Everyone say Shhh!
2. Now, can anyone tell me any words that they know have the /sh/ sound in them? (wait for reply) Good, ship, fish,… Now we are going to read the sentence up on the wall, Shirley’s shoes and shorts were soaked after the shower on Sunday. Did you hear /sh/ in any of those words? YOU DID, how many? Four, good listening! Now we are going to say it one more time and this time stretch out /sh/ when you hear it and remember we hear it four times. Shirley’s shoes and shorts were soaked after the shower on Sunday.
3. Now have the students show you they can recognize the /sh/ sound. Say, Now I want you to put your finger over your mouth like this (demonstrate) whenever you hear the /sh/ sound then say fish, list, cat, ship, wish
4. Now we are going to try and spell some /sh/ words. I know you can do it. Model, using an elkonin box velcroed to the blackboard, how to spell the first few words. It is important that the student understand the /sh/ make up one letterbox. Give the example, bask needs 3 letterboxes because /sh/ makes the same sound and goes together in one box. Now open so the you have three boxes. Let us spell ship, wish, fish, cash, shop. Now open up to 5 boxes, spell splash.
5. Great Job!! You spelled 6 words. I will write each of the words we have spelled in out letterbox lesson on the board. We will all read each of the words out loud.
6. Now, I will read Fish Wish by Bob Barner to the students. Then, I will have them tell me the words that have the /sh/ sound. I will call on students to tell me a word and write each word on the blackboard
7. For assessment, I will give the student a fish with the words: fish, list, cat, ship, wish, met, shoe, and spit written inside. Have each student read the words and then circle the ones that have the /sh/ sound in them.
Eldridge, J. Lloyd, Teaching Decoding in Holisitic Classrooms. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 1995. P. 104-107
CTRD student Wendy Adams
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