Sheepdogs Like to Shred


Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound (e.g., shred, shirt, shoe).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Sheepdog
  • shoe
  • shred
  • shirt
  • shark
  • ship


  • Shopping bag
  • Stuffed dog or Sheepdog Graphic
  • Picture cards or objects that start with sh

Tell the children they will shred items like sheepdogs as they practice saying the /sh/ sound: shred, shirt, shoe.

Literacy Activities
Shred Sh things like a sheepdog

  • Tell the children they get to act like sheepdogs and that sheepdogs like to shred things.
  • Give each child a piece of paper and instruct them to write the letters sh on the paper.
  • Instruct the children to shred the paper with letters sh and make the /sh/ sound as they shred.
  • Comment that the letters sh make the /sh/ sound.

Find out what Shelly the sheepdog shredded

  • Shred (cut up) the letter cards or objects and put them in a shopping bag.
  • Show children the bag and the picture of Shelly Sheepdog and tell them that Shelly the sheepdog shredded things in the shopping bag.
  • Have the children pull items out of the bag one at a time. Point to the name of the item and say, “What’s this? It’s a ____! What did Shelly do?”
  • Have the children respond by saying, “Shelly shredded the ____.”
  • Together as a class, while shaking your finger and your head, say “Shame on you, Shelly! You shouldn’t shred ____!”
  • Tape each item that Shelly shredded to the board or set the objects on a table.
  • Label the objects have the children underline the letters sh at the beginning of each word.
  • Comment that Shelly only likes to shred things that start with the /sh/ sound.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Play Pass the Shopping Bag game

  • Fill the bag with sh and non-sh picture cards (folded in half).
  • Have the children sit in a circle to take turns passing the shopping bag.
  • Have each child remove a card and decide if it begins with the letters sh.
  • The child will then replace the folded card in the shopping bag, shake it and pass it along.
  • Emphasize that the letters sh make the /sh/ sound.

Write the target letter

  • Make a shopping list of all the items that you need to buy because Shelly shredded them.
  • Assist children as needed and comment that everything on their list starts with the /sh/ sound.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound (e.g., shape, shell, shoe).


  • Picture cards
  • Shopping bag

Activity: Shelly Sheepdog Shreds Shoes

  • Pretend that Shelly the sheepdog shredded things that start with sh.
  • Help your child make a shopping list of things he/she could buy at a shop to replace the things that Shelly the sheepdog shredded (i.e., shoe, shirt, shell, ship, shark, sheep). 
  • Set up a shop with the picture cards and pretend you are the shopkeeper and your child is a shopper. 
  • When your child enters the shop, hold up different pictures and ask, "Are you shopping for a ___?" 
  • Have your child say, "Yes, I'm shopping for a ____. Shelly the sheepdog shredded my old ____!" (e.g., shirt). 
  • After pretending to buy an item, have your child put it in his/her shopping bag.
  • Repeat with other pictures. 
  • Have your child underline the letters sh in each word in the shopping list while saying /sh/.



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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.