Beginning Reading“Give the Dog a Bone”
Rationale: When readers read they decode words in various ways, one of which is blending. Children need to be able to blend sounds in order to use phonics to identify unfamiliar words. This lesson is designed to help children blend words with the digraph sh.
Materials: Dog patterns (with the body of the words beginning with sh on it), Bone patterns (with the coda of the word on it), riddles for the words, velcro, Poster board, and the book, Splish Splash . The students will also need primary paper and a pencil.
Procedures: 1. Start the lesson by explaining to the children
that “sh in words says shh; like what a mommy says when the baby is
or what a librarian says. “Can everyone say shh?” Sh can be
found at the beginning of a word like sheep or at the end of a word
fish. I will write down the word ship on the board. I will cover up the
-ip to show only the sh. Now I will show them the shi.
I will uncover the p to say ship. Say sheep to see if you can hear the
sh sound;now try to hear the sound in the word fish. “Now class,
we are going to plat a secret game with a magic code. As I give
a riddle, when you know the answer, raise your hand to come up and
the correct dog with it’s bone”. 2. Exapmle Riddles : “ I am
of something that floats in the water and often carries people in it”
Ship, “this is something that goes on after you put on a
ANSWER-Shoe, “this has scales and loves to swim” ANSWER-Fish, “Another
word for yell or scream” ANSWER-Shout, “Another word for close”
“Another word for saying be quiet” ANSWER-Hush 3. Once all
of the words are connected we will review. I will write sh on the
right side of the board and the codas of the words on the left side of
the board. “ Students, I want you to take out a piece of paper and a
Number your papers from 1-6 and the riddles will be mixed up and
Each student should blend the words individually for assessment. 4.
reviewing I will read the book Splish Splash to the class to model the
Reference: Eldredge, J.L. Teaching Decoding in Holistic Classrooms .
(1995), Pages 17-22 and 50-69.
Sarah Weeks’ Splish Splash
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