Show and Share

Show and Share
Target text


Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound as in shape, show, and shell.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • shape
  • show
  • share
  • shark
  • shell


  • Modeling clay or play dough
  • Picture cards

The children will make shapes with clay as they practice writing the letters sh and saying the /sh/ sound in words such as share, show, and shape.

Literacy Activities
Show and share

  • Give the children some modeling clay or play dough.
  • 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 and have them say the /sh/ sound.
  • Have the children choose a picture card and let them use their clay to make a shape representing the picture on the card (e.g., 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 explain 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 and have the children write the initial letters, sh.
  • Give the children a pencil and paper and help them make a page for a class show and share book.
    • Have the children copy a modeled sentence about a shape they made with clay (e.g., “I shaped a ship to show and share;” support as needed)
    • Have the children draw a picture of the item named in the sentence.
    • Compile the pages into a book.


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Associate the letters sh with the /sh/ sound as in shop, shirt, and sheep.


  • Sh picture cards

Activity: Show and Share

  • Cut out and shuffle the picture cards.
  • Deal four cards to each player and place the remaining cards in the middle of the table.
  • Tell each player to look at their cards.
  • Look for matches by asking each other, "Will you share a ___ with me?"
    • If the other player has the card, have that player say, "Yes, I will share a ___ with you," pass the card over, and have the first player place the match on the table.
    • If the other person doesn't have the card, have that player say, "Go shop!" and have the first player draw a card from the pile. 
  • When one person runs out of cards, the game is over, and 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 or she won during the game (support as needed).



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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.