Make Shadows with Shapes


Read and write words beginning with the sh digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • shadow
  • shape
  • shine
  • ship
  • shoe
  • shark
  • sheep
  • shorts
  • show


  • Flashlight
  • Sh and non-sh shadow shape graphics (see below) -- cut out around the shape
  • Bag (to put shadow shapes graphics into)
  • Draw a T-chart on the board (1 column for sh words and 1 column for non-sh words)
  • Sh shadow shapes page – one for each child

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will play with shadows and shapes as they read and write words that start with sh, such as shark, ship, shirt and shorts.

Practice the skill with an activity

  • Shadow shapes
    • Choose a child to pick a shadow graphic from the bag.
    • Have the child identify the shape of the shadow (e.g., “This is a shadow of a ship.”). Give support if needed.
    • Turn off the lights and let the child hold the shape in front of the flashlight to make the shadow of that shape on the wall and say again, “This is a shadow of a ___.”
    • Have the child decide if the shadow starts with sh or not. Have him or her put the shape in the correct column on the T-chart. Comment on the child’s placement of the shadow picture on the T-chart (e.g., Say, “That is a ship. Ship starts with the /sh/ sound. Or say, “This one is a pillow. It does not start with the /sh/ sound.”).
    • Write the name under the shadow and underline the sh.

Apply the Skill

  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
    • Write the following sentences for the children to see:
      • The ship floated by the shark.
      • I wore shorts and a shirt today.
      • My shoes have sheep on them.
    • Read the sentences together as a class. Emphasize words that begin with /sh/.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a Sh Shadow Shapes worksheet.
    • Read the sentences from the reading activity to the class. Have the children listen for the /sh/ sound. When they hear a sh word, have them write the word next to the corresponding shape.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.A: Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.