Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound as in shape, shark, and shine.
- Flashlight or overhead projector
- Shape cards*
- T-Chart labeled “sh” and “not sh”
- Shoe shape*
- Sh letter cards*
* items included below
The children will make shadows with shapes and then practice writing sh and saying the /sh/ sound as in shine, ship, and shark.
Make the shapes into shadows
- Cut out the shapes and tape the names of the shapes on the back.
- Write the letters sh on a whiteboard and explain that the two letters together make the /sh/ sound.
- Show the children that shape and shadow start with the letters sh.
- Put shapes into a bag and have the children choose a shape out of the bag one at a time.
- Tell the children to hold the shapes in front of a flashlight or place it on an overhead projector to make a shadow on the wall.
- Ask the children, “What shape is this shadow?”
- Have the children name the shape of the shadow (e.g., "The shadow is the shape of a ship").
- Help the children read the label on the object to check their answer.
- After you make the shadow, tape the shape in the appropriate column of the T-Chart.
- If the name of the shape starts with the /sh/ sound, tape the shape in the "sh" column
- If the name of the shape does not start with /sh/, tape the shape in the "not sh" column.
- Have the children take turns shining the light to make different shadow shapes.
Draw sh shapes
- Hold up a shape of an object that starts with sh and have everyone say the name of the shape.
- Have the children draw the shape on paper or on whiteboards.
- Tell the children to write the letters sh inside each shape.
- Have the children point to the letters sh inside each shape while saying /sh/.
Make a shoe shape with sh letters
- Have the children place sh letter cards along the outline of the shoe shape.
- Have the children say the /sh/ sound as they place the sh letter cards along the dotted lines of the shape design.
- Once the children have finished outlining the shape design with letter cards, have them name the shape.
Write and read the target letter
- Review the T-Chart on the board.
- Write a few sentences about the shadow shapes you made (e.g., "We made a shadow the shape of a ___") that start with sh.
- Have the children help you by writing the initial /sh/ sound in each word.
- Read the text as a group.
SEEL At Home
Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound as in shape, ship, and sheep.
- Shape cards
- Flashlight or lamp
Activity: Shadow Shapes
- Cut out the shape outlines.
- Choose a shape, identify the shape with your child, and decide if the shape starts with the /sh/ sound.
- If the shape starts with /sh/, put the shape in front of the flashlight (or lamp) to make a shadow.
- If the shape does not start with the /sh/ sound, put the shape off to the side.
- Help your child make a book by folding two pieces of paper and stapling the folded edges, then write My Shadow Shape Book on the front.
- Have your child trace the /sh/ pictures on the inside pages of the book and color them in a solid color, then help him or her write the name of the shape underneath each one.
- Read the book together and point to the letters sh in the name of each shape as you emphasize the /sh/ sound in the word.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.