Shhhh…Everyone is Sleeping
Emergent Literacy Design
By: Christina Woods
In order for children to become successful readers, they must be aware of digraphs in certain words. Digraphs are two successive letters whose phonemic value is a single sound. This lesson will help students recognize the sh =/sh/ diagraph, as well as help them read and write words containing this digraph. I will teach this correspondence in small groups (6-8) using a letterbox lesson.
Elkonin boxes, word list (ash-2phonemes; ship, shot, wish, shop, fish-3 phonemes; trash-4 phonemes), letters (a,s,h,i,p,o,t,w,f,r), One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, chalk, chalkboard, digraph worksheet (for assessment) . The worksheet will have 6 pictures on it (a dish, ship, pig, fish, car, and trash) and a line (from primary paper) underneath each picture. Each child needs 1 set of Elkonian boxes, letters, a copy of the book, and a worksheet.
1. Introduce this lesson by explaining about diagraphs. SOMETIMES TWO LETTERS GET TOGETHER AND MAKE A SPECIAL SOUND. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LEARN ABOUT THE LETTERS S AND H AND THE SOUND THEY MAKE WHEN THEY GET TOGETHER IN WORDS. THE S AND H SAY /SH/. CAN EVERYONE MAKE THAT SOUND? GOOD. NOW PUT YOUR HAND IN FRONT OF YOUR MOUTH. DO YOU FEEL ANYTHING? AIR? WATCH ME MAKE THE /SH/ SOUND. HOW DOES MY MOUTH LOOK? MY TEETH ARE TOGETHER, MY LIPS POKE OUT, AND THE AIR LEAKS THROUGH MY TEETH. NOW SAY THE /SH/ SOUND TO YOUR NEIGHBOR TO SEE IF YOUR MOUTHS LOOK LIKE MINE. NOW WE ARE GOING TO LISTEN FOR THE /SH/ SOUND IN WORDS.
5. NOW WE ARE GOING TO READ A BOOK CALLED "ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH". SOME OF THE WORDS THAT WE HAVE JUST LEARNED TO READ AND SPELL MIGHT BE FOUND IN THIS BOOK. LISTEN CAREFULLY FOR THE /SH/ SOUND AS WE READ. (Pass out 1 copy of the book to each student). THIS BOOK IS ABOUT MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF FISH. THERE ARE RED AND BLUE FISH AND OLD AND NEW FISH. TO FIND OUT WHAT THESE SILLY FISH ARE DOING, YOU'LL HAVE TO READ THE BOOK. REMEMBER TO LISTEN FOR THE /SH/ SOUND AS WE READ. After reading, discuss any words with /sh/ sound that were found in the story.
This will be done in the form of a worksheet. I will name any pictures that the students may have trouble identifying. The students will write the name of each picture on the corresponding line and color each picture with the /sh/ sound in the word. I will create this worksheet using clip-art and drawing primary lines.
Murray, B.A., & Lesniak, T. (1999) The letterbox lesson: A hands-on approach for teaching decoding. The
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