- Book: Snowmen All Year by Caralyn and Mark Buehner (optional)
- Tray with pretend snow (e.g., sand, rice, confetti, salt, cotton balls)
- Silly Snowman graphic*
- Writing practice page*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make silly snowmen slip and slide in the snow and say the /s/ sound when they see the letter S in words such as snowman, skip, slip, sit, slide, skate, and stand.
Slide snowmen on snow
- Write the letters S and s on the whiteboard and explain that the letter S makes the /s/ sound as in snowman.
- Read the book Snowmen All Year to the children (optional).
- Give the children a silly snowman and have them write the letter S on the snowman.
- Place a tray with pretend snow (e.g., sand, rice, confetti, salt, cotton balls) at each table or group of children.
- Have the children make the /s/ sound as they let the snowmen slip, sit, stand, slide, slosh, skate, and skip in the snow.
Read words with the target letter
- Make a list of snowman actions that begin with the letter S (e.g., slide, slip, skip, stand, skate, sit, sway).
- Have the children underline the letter S in each word and emphasize that the words all start with the /s/ sound.
- Let the children choose snowman actions to act out.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the S.
- Have the children produce the /s/ sound while writing the letter S.
- Say words that start with S. Allow the children to write an S on their snowman every time they hear the /s/ sound.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.