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:

  • Masking tape
  • Shady Shore sign
  • Picture cards
  • Ship graphic
  • Shark and sheep graphics
  • Book: Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1992) (optional)

Overview

The children will ship sheep on a ship and say the /sh/ in words such as shore, sheep, and shark.

Literacy Activities

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 on the whiteboard and explain that ship has two meanings: it can be another word for boat, or it can mean to send items somewhere.
  • Point out that the letters sh make the /sh/ sound as in ship.
  • Give each child a sheep graphic and have them write the letters sh on the sheep graphics.
  • Make a shoreline on one side of the floor using masking tape and tape the Shady Shore sign above it.
  • Allow the children to pretend to load sheep onto the ship graphic 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 using the graphics below and select a few children to wear the headbands and pretend to be sharks.
  • 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 to them that they must remain frozen in place throughout the game.
  • Have the remaining children pretend to be ships and explain that they must stay away from sharks while gathering picture cards. 
    • The sharks can try to tag the ships as they collect the picture cards.
  • 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 the /sh/ sound, let the children keep the card.
    • If the word does not begin with the /sh/ sound, 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.

More Practice

Identify the target sound

  • Make a list words from the activity (e.g., shark, ship, shirt, shorts, shell, shoe).
  • Help the children identify the beginning and ending sounds of each word by tapping their head for the beginning sound and toes for the ending sound
    • For example, shark = /sh/ (tap head) + /ark/ (tap toes).
  • Point out that all of the words begin with the /sh/ sound 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 
  • Masking tape
  • Shark graphics

Activity: Ship the Sheep

  • Write the word ship on a piece of paper and point out that the letters sh make the /sh/ sound.
  • Set up a pretend ocean using masking tape and scatter the shark graphics throughout the ocean.
  • Shuffle the picture cards and 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 the /sh/ sound, let your child pretend to ship the item across the ocean while avoiding sharks.
    • If the word does not begin with the /sh/ sound, discard it.
  • Have your child make the /sh/ sound as he or she ships the items across the ocean. 
  • Repeat as desired.

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Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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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