silly snowmen

Silly Snowmen

Silly Snowmen
Target text


Associate the letter S with the /s/ sound as in snowman, sit, and skip.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • sit
  • slip
  • skip
  • silly
  • slide
  • stand
  • snowman


  • 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.

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Literacy Activities
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.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.