Shy Sharks Need to Share

 Emergent Literacy

Keri Beall



After children have mastered the phoneme awareness of the letters s and h they should be able to recognize s and h as one sound, sh.  These two letters put together are known as a diagraph.  Learning the diagraph will increase the student's reading fluency. 


Primary paper


Concentration game pieces (words that have sh and a few others)

Letter box for students

Books: Sharing is Caring and The Shy Scarecrow.

Picture explaining diagraph sh

Tongue twister written on chart paper


  1. Teacher will introduce the diagraph sh.  "Class, today we will be leaning about the special sound that makes sh.  We already know that s and h make different sounds.  Who can tell me what sounds s and h make?" "When you put s and h together it makes the sh sound."
  2. "Who can tell me when most people hear the shhh sound?"  "That's right, when we need to be quiet.  So when we hear the shh sound I want you to pretend you are telling someone it is time to be quiet.  Everyone put your finger up to your mouth and make the shhh sound.  Who notices the air that is hitting your finger?"
  3. Let's start out with a tricky tongue twister, "Shiloh the shark should share his shells."  I want everyone to stretch out the shhh in the tongue twister.
  4. "Now we are going to get out our letterboxes and use them for some words that have sh in them.  We need to remember there can only be one sound in each box."
    1. Words:  (she, shop, cash, fish, shark, trash, crash)

                             i.      Letters I need: a, c, e, f, h, I, k, r, s, t

  1. Each children will be given primary paper and he will write s, h, and sh together. 
  2. Book will be given to each pair of students.
  3. Children will gather around concentration game (4 children to each game).



Bernthal, Mark.  Sharing is Caring.  Golden Books Publishing Company.  1996.

Packard, Mary.  The Shy Scarecrow.  Scholastic, Inc.  2001.

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