Caty Flatt
Emergent Literacy
Shhhh.....night night!


Rationale:
Children have to have phoneme awareness in order to become successful readers.  By teaching children to recognize phonemes, they will also begin to recognize letters corresponding to those phonemes.  Letter recognition and phoneme awareness go hand in hand.  Digraphs (phonemes with containing two letters) are sometimes hard for students to understand.  This lesson will focus on the digraph /sh/.  The students will learn recognize this digraph in both the written and spoken word.

Materials:
primary paper and pencils
Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowly
multicolored construction paper
clear packing tape
chart paper containing the chant “Shhh....Stop that Noise”
markers
crayons
worksheet for assessment

Procedure:
1.  Introduce the lesson by saying that writing is like a secret code. " The hard part is understanding what each letter stands for,  but we can figure this out by seeing what moves our mouth makes when we make certain sounds.  Today we are going to work on /sh/.  I bet many of you have heard that sound before.  If not then you will be sure to know it by the end of today!"

2.  I will begin with the following dialogue: "Has your mom or dad ever said shhhh when they were trying to get to quiet down or maybe go to sleep?  Well, that is the mouth movement we are looking for today.  Let’s try it together and really stretch it out.  One, two, three, shhhhhhhhhh.  Good job!"

3.  I bought a little tongue twister I want us to try together.  Let’s read it through one time and then we will go back leave out the /sh/.  Here we go.... "Shelly’s fish had a shiny shoe shaped tank." Now try it again without the /sh/.  "/Sh/ elly’s fi /sh/ had a /sh/ iny /sh/ oe /sh/ aped tank."  Fantastic!  I think you’ve got it!"

3. " How let’s try this fun chant together.  It is called Shhh...Stop that Noise.  I want you to make sure to say the /sh/ in your best reading voice."  (we will read through this a couple of times in order for the students to learn the chant).
Chant text to "Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise"
Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise!
Come girls tell all the boys, all the boys to stop that noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise!
Come on boys tell all the girls, all the girls to stop that noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that Noise!

4.  (Students are given a piece of primary paper and pencil).  "We can use two letters to make the /sh/ sound.  The first one is /s/.  It looks like a snake.  You start at the top of the fence and curve down to the middle bar or the fence and then curve all the way back around to reach the bottom of the fence.  Everybody try to write a couple.  Now let’s practice the other letter /h/.  You start at the top and make a straight line all the way to the bottom.  Then you go to the middle of the fence and make a little hump, like this.  (teacher demonstrates all letter writing).  We must put these two letters together to make the /sh/ sound.  Let’s practice writing them together.  Do one line of them and then raise your hand so that I can see."

5.  Students will hold one finger over their lips if the word has /sh/ in it.  If the word does not have /sh/ in it then the students will make no movement.  "I am going to say some words, let’s see if you can tell which ones have /sh/ in them.  Look at my mouth movements to help you decide.  Do you hear /sh/ in fish or lip?  shoe or coat?  shirt or pants? hush or fuss? blush or comb?  Good work!"

6.  Read Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowly.  Read it one time without stopping.  While reading it the second time through have the students list any words they here containing /sh/.  Then have the students pick one of the words on the list and draw a picture of it.  Their pictures will be bound together to create their own class book of Mrs. Wishy Washy.

Assessment:
Each student will receive a worksheet counting pictures of different things.  Tell the students what each picture is and have them circle and pictures whose names have /sh/ in them.

References:
Cowly, Joy.  Mrs. Wishy Washy.
Preschool Practicum chant, “Shhh....Stop that Noise!”
Reading Genie Website, Elizabeth Smith, www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/illum.html/smitama2 “Stop that noise”
 
 

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