Secret Santa

Objective

Recognize the /s/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /s/.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sack
  • socks
  • sandwich
  • secret
  • scooter
  • Santa

Materials:

  • Red construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Sack (e.g., grocery bag, paper bag)
  • Picture cards
  • Silly Santa target text

Overview
The children will see what secrets are in Santa’s sack as they listen for words that start with the /s/ sound, such as send, socks, scooter, sandwich, and Santa

Literacy Activities
Secret Santa sends something 

  • Create a Santa hat out of a large piece of red construction paper and a cotton ball. 
  • Write the letter S on the board and tell the children that the letter S makes the /s/ sound in words such as secret, Santa, socks, sandwich, scooter, sweater, and sack
  • Teach the children the Secret Santa Chant (see below), explaining that a Secret Santa does kind things for others secretly. 
  • Have the children sit in a circle, then choose one child to be the Secret Santa and wear the paper Santa hat. 
  • Lead the children in the Secret Santa Chant as the Secret Santa walks around the circle. 
  • When the children say, "What did Santa send?" have the Secret Santa stop and let a child select a picture card from the sack. 
  • Let that child show the picture card he or she selected and help him or her identify it (as needed), emphasizing the /s/ sound at the beginning of the word. 
  • Invite the children to join together in saying, "Secret Santa sent a ___" (insert the picture card name). 
  • Have the Secret Santa trade places with the child who picked from the sack, then repeat the activity with the new Secret Santa.

Re-create the target letter on Santa's cap 

  • Give each child a piece of red construction paper (or white paper and a red crayon) and have them practice writing the letter S on it as they make the /s/ sound. 
  • Help the children roll their paper into a cone and tape or staple it in shape, then glue a cotton ball on top. 
  • Invite the children to wear their Santa caps as they pretend to be Santa, encouraging them to say, "/s/, /s/, /s/ Santa!"
  • Let each “Santa” say something he or she would send that starts with /s/, such as soup, snowmen, saddle, or sandwich.

More practice
Read an alliterative text to the children 

  • Display the Silly Secret Santa target text (see below) large enough for children to easily see. 
  • Read the text to the children, emphasizing the /s/ sound at the beginning of words. 
  • Say and point to each of the words in the text that start with /s/ like Santa and have the children echo them back.

SEEL Target Texts

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Secret Santa Chant

Secret Santa sent something to Sally, 
Something to Sally, something to Sally. 
Secret Santa sent something to Sally. 
What did Santa send?
Secret Santa sent Sally a ___ (insert a word that starts with /s/).

Silly Secret Santa

Secret Santa sent something silly to Sally.
Santa sent something that starts with sssss.
What did Santa send?
Silly Secret Santa sent a skunk wearing a scarf! 
 
Secret Santa sent something silly to Sammy.
Santa sent something that starts with sssss.
What did Santa send?
Silly Secret Santa sent a sock full of soup!
 
Secret Santa sent something silly to Sammy.
Santa sent something that starts with sssss.
What did Santa send? 
Silly Secret Santa sent spaghetti with snowballs!
Silly Secret Santa!
 

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