Sink or Swim

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sink
  • swim
  • sock
  • sponge
  • sprinkles

Materials:

  • Tub filled with water
  • Small /s/ items (e.g., sock, sponge, spaghetti noodles, spoon)

Overview
The children will predict what /s/ things will sink or swim as they listen for words that start with the /s/ sound, such as sock, sink, sponge, and spoon

Literacy Activities
Will it sink or swim? 

  • Show the children one /s/ item at a time, emphasizing the /s/ sound. 
  • Have the children predict if the /s/ item will sink or swim in the water. 
  • Test the prediction by putting the item in the water while the children chant, “A ___ (e.g., sock) will sink” or “___ (e.g., Spaghetti) will swim,” based on their prediction.
  • Have the children observe what happens to the /s/ object and chant, “See, the ___ (e.g., soap) swims!” or “Sorry, the (e.g., spoon) sinks.” 

Repeat words with the target letter 

  • Make two different piles of items that start with /s/ from the activity, a sink pile and a swim pile, and remind the children that they all start with /s/.
  • Point out different /s/ items throughout the room and have the children say if they think the item would sink or swim. 

Clap out sounds in words

  • Have the children take apart the word sob and clap once for each sound in the word (/s/ /o/ /b/).
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word sob (3). 
  • Clap for each sound in the word sob again to reinforce the model. 
  • Repeat with other words that start with /s/ (e.g., sun, sad, set, sup). 
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /s/ sound. 

SEEL At Home

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Objective
Recognize and produce the /s/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /s/

Materials

  • Large bowl or small plastic tub
  • Small /s/ items (e.g., sock, sponge, spaghetti noodles, spoon)

Activity: Sink or Swim 

  • Fill a large bowl or small plastic tub ⅔ of the way full of water. 
  • Help your child identify each of the /s/ items then point out that they each start with the /s/ sound.
  • Have your child predict if the /s/ item will sink or swim. 
  • As your child puts each item in the water, chant, "A ___ (e.g., sponge) will sink" or "___ (e.g., Spaghetti) will swim" together, based on your child's prediction. 
  • After testing all of the /s/ items, sort them into two piles, a sink pile and a swim pile, and point out that they all begin with /s/.
  • Search for other /s/ items in the house and have your child predict if the item would sink or swim.

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