Ship the Sheep

Objective

Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound as in ship, shore, and sheep.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ship
  • sheep
  • shore
  • shark

Materials:

  • Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1992) (optional)
  • Shady Shore sign (see below)
  • Sheep graphics (see below)
  • Picture cards (see below) 
  • Shark graphics (see below) attached to a strip of paper to make headbands

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will ship sheep and other items on a ship and say the /sh/ sound when they see the letters sh in words such as shore, sheep, and shark.

Practice the skill within an activity

Sheep on a ship

  • Read Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw (optional) and have the children listen for words that begin with the /sh/ sound.
  • Write the word ship and explain that ship can mean a boat or it can mean to send items somewhere.
  • Point out that the letters sh spelled together make the /sh/ sound like the beginning of ship.
  • Have the children write the letters sh on the sheep graphics (see below).
  • Make a shoreline on one side of the floor using masking tape and tape the Shady Shore sign (see below) to it.
  • Allow the children to pretend to load sheep onto a ship from the Shady Shore.
  • Let the children pretend to ship the sheep in the ship across the ocean.

Sharks by a ship

  • Assemble shark headbands (see graphics below) and have a few children pretend to be sharks while wearing the headbands.
  • Place the picture cards in the ocean (the space beyond the masking tape shoreline).
  • Have the sharks choose a space to stand in the ocean and explain that they must remain frozen in place throughout the game.
  • Let the other children pretend to be ships and have them sail out into the ocean to gather the picture cards.
  • Tell the children pretending to be ships that they must stay away from the sharks.
  • Once the ships have gathered all of the picture cards, help the children decide whether or not the word on each card begins with the /sh/ sound.
  • If the word begins with sh, let the children keep the card. If the word does not begin with sh, have the children throw the card back into the ocean.
  • Repeat as many times as desired, allowing the children to alternate playing sharks and ships.

Apply the skill

Identify the target sound in words

  • Make a list of the following words from the activity: shark, ship, shirt, shorts, shell, shoe.
  • Help the children identify the beginning and rhyme ending sounds of each word on the list by tapping their head for the beginning sound of the word and toes for the rest of the word (e.g. shark = /sh/ tap head and /ark/ tap toes).
  • Point out that all of the words have the /sh/ sound at the beginning of the word and start with the letters sh.

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Objective
Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound as in ship, shore, and sheep.

Materials

  • Picture cards (see below)

Activity: Ship the Sheep

  • Write the word ship and point out that the letters sh spelled together make the /sh/ sound.
  • Mix up the picture cards (see below) then let your child choose a card one at a time.
  • Help your child decide whether or not the word on each card begins with the /sh/ sound. 
  • If the word begins with sh, let your child keep the card. If the word does not begin with sh, discard it.
  • Set up a pretend ocean in the room with shark picture cards (see below) scattered throughout the ocean.
  • Allow your child to pretend to ship the picture cards across the ocean, avoiding the sharks.
  • Have your child make the /sh/ sound as he/she ships the items across the ocean. 

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Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
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.

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