Beginning Reading
Caroline Cox
Shhhhhhhh····Not a Peep

Rationale: To be effective readers children need to be exposed and instructed in all 42 phonemes. In this lesson the students will learn the digraph sh=/sh/. Digraphs are two letters that make one sound. After we are done with the lesson the children will be able to identify /sh/ when reading and writing words.

Materials: Elkonin boxes; letter manipulatives: a,d,I,f,h,I,o,p,r,s,w; multiple copies of Shoe Man; Primary paper, pencil, chart with "Shelby should ship her shiny shoes" picture page and word list of ship, cat, brush, ball, fish, shoe, cup, shop, dish.

 Procedures: 1." Today we are learning about two letters that make one sound. We will learn the /sh/ sound.  "Has your mother ever told you to be quiet?"
The /sh/ sound that you hear when someone tells you to be quiet is the same /sh/ sound that is used in a lot of words.  Today we are going to learn how to recognize the /sh/ sound and learn how to write it.

2.Ask them to practice making the sound like they are telling someone to be quiet
"Do you know which letters make the /sh/ sound?"

3. "The letters s and h make the /sh/ sound.  Listen and raise your hand when you hear /sh/"  Say "shoe, sea, sharp, boat, sail, shell."

4. Hand out primary paper and pencil. " Now lets practice writing the two letters that make the /sh/ sound. Lets write an s. Begin with your pencil just below the fence and make a little c so that it sits below the fence, now without lifting your pencil make a curve around the backside of the fence and rest it on the sidewalk. After s we need one other letter. That letter is an h. To write an h we need to begin at the roof and make a straight line all the way to the sidewalk and now we need to move our pencil to the fence line and make a hump over to the sidewalk.  When I put a smiley face on your paper then I want you to make five more just like the one you have done. "

5."Now we are going to keep practing the /sh/ sound. After I say this tongue twister I want every one to join in. Shelby should ship her shiny shoes. Now stretch it out Sssshhhhellby sssshhhouuld shhhhip her sssshhhiny sssshhhhoes" Do you hear /sh/ in shoe or sock? plate or dish? boat or ship?

6. Start the letterbox lesson: "I am passing out the letters for today. Once I pass them out turn them to the lower case side.  Look up at me when you are done so we can move on. Next take a small piece of tape and tape the letters s and h together.  (Model the taping together) Make sure the s in front of the h.  Does anyone remember what sound s and h make together? /sh/ Yes, excellent job! Why are we taping the these two letters together?  Yes, because they make one sound which means they go in one box.  Now I am going to demonstrate how the letterboxes work with the word shop.  (On the overhead) In the first box you put the sh because it is one sound, second box o, third box we place the p."

6. Have the students spell: ship, shell, fish, cash, dish

7. On the overhead spell out the words randomly and have them read them aloud.

6. Have the children choral read the Shoe Man.  Read again and tell them to count the number of times they hear the /sh/ sound and write it down on a piece of paper.

  For Assessment:  The students will come to my desk and read five sh words and 3 pseudowords. Sh words: Ship, fish, shell, cash, wish   Pseudowords: shil, lish, shap

References:   Don't Wake the Baby by Debbie Troha Reading Genie website, Murray, Bruce (ed) 2001
Kunka, Alice. Shoe Man. Steck-Vaughn, Austin 1991

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