Associate the letter S (and the lowercase letter s) with the /s/ sound (e.g., snowmen, sit, skip).
- Tray containing pretend snow (e.g., sand, rice, confetti, salt, or cotton balls)
- Silly Snowman graphic (see graphic below)
- Writing practice page (see below)
- Snowmen All Year by Caralyn and Mark Buehner (Dial Books, 2012) (optional)
State and model the objective
Read the book Snowmen All Year (optional). Tell the children they will make silly snowmen slip and slide in the snow as they will also practice saying the /s/ sound: skip, silly, stand.
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Practice the skill within an activity
Slide snowmen on snow
- Write the letter S on the whiteboard and explain that the letter S makes the /s/ sound like in snowman.
- Give the children a silly snowman (see graphic below) and have them write the letter S on the snowman.
- Give the children a tray with pretend snow (e.g., sand, rice, confetti, salt, or cotton balls).
- Demonstrate actions that begin with the letter S for the children to do with the silly snowmen in the pretend snow (e.g., slide, slip, skip, stand, sit, sway, swim).
- Allow the children to use their snowmen to slip, slide, skip, etc. in the pretend snow.
- Have the children make the /s/ sound as they move their snowmen through the snow.
Apply the skill
Read words with the target letter
- Help the children make a list of snowman actions that begin with the letter S (e.g., slide, slip, skip, stand, sit, sway, swim).
- Have the children underline the letter S in each word and emphasize that the words all start with the /s/ sound.
- Fill in the blank for the following sentence with action words from the list: Snowmen can _____ in the snow.
- Read the sentence together each time you fill in the blank with a new word. Provide support as needed.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the S on the writing practice page (see below).
- Have the children produce the /s/ sound while writing the letter S.
- Allow the children to draw a picture of a snowman in the space below the letters.
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter S with the /s/ sound (e.g., snowman, skip, swim).
- Action word cards and snowman graphic (see below)
- Tray containing pretend snow (sand, salt, or rice)
Activity: Silly Snowman
- Help your child choose a name for the snowman that starts with the letter S, then write the name on the snowman.
- Take turns flipping over an action word card; have your child shadow-read it with you to find out what to do with the snowmen.
- Allow your child to play with the snowman in the pretend snow.
- Make up a story together about a snowman that likes to do actions that start with the letter S.
- Help your child write a sentence about what the silly snowman likes to do (e.g.; Sam the silly snowman can slide in the snow). Make sure your child writes the initial letter S for each word beginning with S and provide support for the rest of the sentence.
- The activity can be repeated as many times as desired.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.