Shhhh! I'm Hunting Wabbits!
By Vicki Burns
Rationale: The goal of this lesson is for students to read words. Also, they will know that when a phoneme is mapped into more than one grapheme makes up a digraph. This digraph makes one sound though. This lesson will focus on the digraph sh which makes the sound /sh/. Students will learn the digraph sh so they can read, write, and speak the digraph/sh/.
Materials: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Seuss, Dr. (1960) and published by Random House, Inc:
-Do you ever go to the movies and someone is talking real loud? “What usually happens to make the person be quiet? We say /sh/ with our mouth in a small circular shape and we can put one finger over our mouth (model when making /sh/ sound). Remember s says /s/ and h says /h/. Together it makes /sh/. Let’s try to tell the person to be quiet as a class saying /sh/ with a finger over our mouth. Ready, /sh/. Great! Let’s do it again. Ready, /sh/. Perfect!
-“Great job everyone! Let’s try our /sh/ sound with a tongue twister. I’ll say it first and then we’ll say it together. Listen carefully. Shelly’s shower has shorts, shirts, shoes, shrimp, and shampoo (I model the first time and then the I say it again with the class until it is learned). Very good! Let’s try it again drawing out the /sh/ sound longer in every word. Ready? Shhhhelly’s shhhhower has shhhhorts, shhhhirts, shhhhoes, shhhhrimip, and shhhhampo. Great job drawing out our /sh/ sound. How many times did we hear the /sh/ sound in our tongue twister? Right, seven times!”
thinking boys and girls.
Let’s now practice spelling our /sh/ sound
letterboxes. Remember each box receives one sound and our /sh/ sound is made of letters s and h.”. (Then I will demonstrate on my giant
of Letter Boxes). “All eyes on me please. If I wanted to
spell the word sheep, I would find
the /sh/ sound at the beginning of my
my first box, I would put the letter s and then the letter h!
Remember that because this is a digraph, both letters will be in the
box. Then I think and find the /E/ sound is made by two letter e’s in my
box. Finally /p/ sound is made by the letter p. I
spelling by sounding out shhh…ee…p to make the word sheep. Any
questions? Let me show you how to read a word. (children see the word lash on the board).
So first I
would see that l makes the /l/ sound. Then I see a
the /a/ sound; I read l…a… and continue. I recognize that sh sounds like /sh/.
So I finally combine it all to read lash. Any
questions? Ok, I am going to pass out the letters
to spell our /sh/ words in a baggy.
your boxes and we’ll start spelling shortly.” (I would go through
the spelling activity while I walk around and help. Some words
include: rash, shell, shovel, trash, shark, shut, etc.).
-Next, we will read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. I will say, “Great job spelling the /sh/ sound! You know what? Dr. Seuss wrote a book that has the /sh/ sound a lot in it! It is called One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. This book is kind of silly, but is fun because of all the fish. Let’s read this book together and whenever we hear the /sh/ sound, let’s put our finger to our lip.”. (read the book together out loud). “Great reading class! Now I want you to get in your reading group and take turns reading each page. Remember to still use your finger when you find the /sh/ sound. (children go to their group and I start the assessment).
Cassie Simpson. Shiny
Shells on the Shore. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/odysseys/simpsonbr.html
Liz Hooper. Shhhh…Something
is Fishy. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/odysseys/hooperbr.html
Jenny Duvall. Yellow Fish.
Seuss, Dr. (1960). One Fish,
Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Random House, Inc: