Shhhhh!! The baby’s asleep!
successfully decode words in reading, students must learn the
make up the alphabetic code – graphemes and their corresponding
lesson will teach students the grapheme-phoneme correspondence sh=/sh/. When two letters together make
one sound, we call it a digraph. Digraphs are very common in the
language. This lesson will help children remember that when they see s and h together, they make the /sh/
- teacher set of Elkonin letterboxes (large so
can see clearly)
- set of Elkonin letterboxes for each student
- letters for each child and teacher set : a, e, i, o, u, s, h, t, m, p, f, r, d, w, s,
- the book Tish the
Fish (Educational Insights) (one per child)
- poster with tongue twister “Josh shines Shelly's
- worksheet with words that contain the sh digraph, and words that do not
1. Explain. Today
we are going to learn about a special sound two letters make whenever
them together. Does anyone know what letters make the /sh/ sound when
together? That’s right – s and h. (Or
tell class if no one answers).
Whenever two letters together make one sound, we call it a digraph.
2. Review. We
have learned how letters tell us what sounds to make and how to move
.Who can tell me what you might say if there was someone sleeping and
were being too noisy? That’s right…/shhhh/.
3. Explain how. I
want you all to put your fingers up to your mouth and make the /shhhhh/
Good! Pretend like you are trying not to wake up the sleeping baby! Do
a little bit of air coming out of your mouth when you make that sound?
your teeth doing? That’s right…they are together! Well, that is the
the letters s and h make whenever you
see them together.
4. Model. (Display
poster with tongue twister). Now we are going to read this sentence and
for when we hear that /sh/ sound. Let’s read it together. “Josh shines
shoes at the shop.” Good! This time let’s stretch out that /shhhhhh/
we hear it. “Joshhhhh shhhhhines Shhhhhhelly’s shhhhhoes at the
Great! Now, I am going to circle the letters sh
whenever I see them. Here they are in the first word, Josh.
(Circle letters). Can someone find
another sh digraph in our sentence?
(Continue circling until all are found).
5. Simple practice. Now
I want you to tell me which word you hear /sh/ in. Ready? dash
or run? shy or sigh? catch or cash? shop or chop? would or
6. Letterbox lesson. (Pass
out boxes and letters. Review how to use the letterboxes – one sound
per box). Now
we are going to spell some words that have the /sh/ sound in them. I
one first. I am going to spell shop. I will stretch it out
/sh/-/o/-/p/. I hear
the /sh/ sound! I know that two letters make that sound – sh.
Will I put that in one box or two? That’s right, one, since it
is only one sound! (Finish spelling word. Give students the remaining
spell one at a time– ash, shut, mesh,
fish, sad, shred, swish. Walk around the room to provide
needed. Discuss each word after it is spelled. Fill in teacher
each word as you go). Now, I will
spell the words, and I want you all to read them for me!
7. Whole texts. (Give
each student a copy of Tish the Fish to
read. Give a brief book talk to get students interested.) While you are
reading, I will be walking around the room. When I come to your desk, I
you to read out loud for me, ok?
Give each student a worksheet with words that contain sh and
words that do not. Have them read the words and circle the ones
that contain the digraph and cross out those that don’t. Then, ask
write a one-sentence message using at least two words that contain the sh
Beason, Margaret. Shhhh!
Shouts the Librarian! http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/guides/beasonbr.html
Cusham, Sheila. Tish
the Fish. Edcuational Insights (1990).
Schofield, Rebecca. Shhh-
Do Not Wake the Baby! http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/
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