Shelby says "Shhh! Be Quiet"


Beginning Reading

Leah Solomon 

Rationale:       In the journey towards becoming a skillful reader, students must understand that phonemes, (vocal gestures making up spoken words), are made up of graphemes, that can be made up of more than one letter. Two-letter graphemes are called digraphs. One of the most prevalent digraphs is /sh/. This digraph is a very strong sound and easily identifiable in spoken words. This lesson will focus on that digraph and help students to be able to identify this digraph in spoken and written words. The children will learn to identify /sh/ sound through tongue ticklers,  reading, writing, and hearing it over a recording.

Materials:        Primary paper, pencils; tongue twister poster (Shy Sally says she will sew six sheets for her sister Shelby), The Crash In the Shed. recording, pass out a worksheet that has different words on it. The Students are to color the word that starts or ends with the /sh/ sound.

 Procedures:     1. Introduce the lesson by reminding the class that words are made up of vocal gestures that change for different letters. Sometimes those vocal gestures can be made up of two letters that make one sound together. This is called a digraph. Today we are going to work on the phoneme /sh/. [Point to this phoneme written on the poster paper.] Think about what sound a mom makes when she is trying to not wake up her sleeping baby? "Sh!" Say that with me: "Sh!" Good Job! 

                     2. Ask students: When I think of sh I think of putting my finger over my lips like this. [Put pointer finger over your lips and say: sh!]. Ask students what shape their mouth makes when they make the /sh/ sound. Every time we hear the sh sound, we are going to put our fingers over our lips like we are telling someone to be quiet.

3. Now I want you to read this poster with me: " Shy Sally says she will sex six sheets for her sister Shelby" Everyone say it once more with me. Now, we are all going to say it again, but this time we are going to draw out the /sh/ sound like we are telling someone to be quiet: "Shhhhy Sally says shhhhe shhhhhall sew six shhhhheets for her sister Shhhhhelby" Good. This time, let's completely break the b off of the word: /Sh/y /Sally says /sh/e/ sh/ all/ sew six /sh/eets/ for her sister /Sh/elby .

4. Now we are going to practice writing /sh/ on our papers. Please take out your lined paper and a pencil. We have already learned how to write s and h by themselves, but they do not say /sh/ unless they are right beside each other. Watch me before you write on your paper. [Model writing sh.] Now, I want everyone to write /sh/ on their paper. I am going to walk around and check. Once I have seen yours, I want you to write it 9 more times.

5. Now let's see if we can hear the /sh/ in some words. If you hear the/sh/ sound in the first word I say I want you to hold 1 finger up. If you hear the/sh/ sound in the second word I say I want you to hold a 2 fingers up. Do you hear the /sh/ in ship or sat? shy or silly? simple or shade?

6. Now we are going to read a book called The Crash in the Shed. This story is about a boy name Tim and a girl named Jan. They decide to go fishing and them swimming one day when it is really hot. They walk into the shed to get their supplies off the shelf. They hear a big CRASH! Oh. No what do you think that crash is. Is it an animal in the shed? Is there someone hiding in there? Let's read to find out what happens in the shed. I want you to read the book silently and while you are reading I want you to think about words that have the /sh/ sound in them. After we are finished reading I will call on a few to write on the board some /sh/ words we found. (Call on about 3-4 students)

7. Now that we are familiar with the /sh/ sound I want you to listen as a play a recording of different words. When you hear a word with the /sh/ sound I want you to put your hand over your lips like you are telling someone to be quiet. (Words students will listen to: Shape, cat, shot, shame, little, chat, change, shatter)

8. Assessment: Pass out worksheet. Now I am going to give you a worksheet that is going to have a bunch of words on it. I want you to color the words that make the /sh/ sound whether it is at the beginning or end of the word. If the /sh/ sound is at the beginning of the word color it red, if it is at the end color it brown. I will be walking around to see that you are on the right track.


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