Show and Share


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • shape
  • show
  • share
  • shark
  • shell


  • Modeling clay or play doh
  • Picture cards

Tell the children they will make shapes with clay, and they will practice writing the letters sh and saying the /sh/ sound: share, show, shape.

Literacy Activities
Show and share

  • Give the children some modeling clay or play doh.
  • Show the children the picture cards and help the children read the word on each card.
  • Have the children underline the letters sh in the word on each card and emphasize that the words all start with the /sh/ sound.
  • Let the children make the letters S and H using their clay or dough. Have them place the letters next to each other and say the /sh/ sound.
  • Have the children choose a picture card, then let them use their clay to make a shape representing the picture on the card (i.e., form the clay to look like a shark, shell, shirt, ship, shoe, shovel, sheep or shop).
  • Emphasize the /sh/ sound at the beginning of the word on each picture card (e.g., /sh/ - /sh/ - shark).
  • Have a Show and Share (like Show and Tell) and allow the children to hold up their shape and tell everyone what it is.
  • Repeat as many times as desired, giving the children a chance to mold several different shapes.

More Practice
Read and write the target letter

  • Write a list of the things that the children shaped with clay. Have children write the initial letters, sh.
  • Give the children a pencil and paper and help them make a class Show and Share book.
    • Have the children write a sentence (or copy a modeled sentence) about a shape they made with clay (e.g., “I shaped a ship to show and share.”)
    • Support when necessary, allowing the children to write the letters sh when they occur in the sentence.
    • Have the children draw a picture of the item named in the sentence.
    • Compile the pages into a book and put it in a classroom library.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound: shop, shirt, sheep.


  • Go Shop game cards cut out and shuffled

Activity: Show and Share

  • Deal four cards for each player and place the remaining cards in the middle.
  • Look for matches by asking each other, "Will you share a ____ with me?"
  • If the other person has the card, say, "Yes, I will share a ____ with you," pass the card over, and place the match on the table.
  • If the other person doesn't have the card, say, "Go shop!" and have the player draw a card from the pile. 
  • When one person runs out of cards, the game is over. Whoever has the most matches wins!
  • Review the pictures and read the words on the cards together. Emphasize the /sh/ sound at the beginning of each word (e.g., /sh/ - /sh/ - shark).
  • Help your child write a list of the words he/she won during the game. Invite your child to write the letters sh then provide support as needed for writing the other letters in the word.



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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.