Sink or Swim

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sink
  • swim

Materials:

  • Tub filled with water
  • Small /s/ items: sock, sponge, spaghetti noodles, spoon, straw, seed, string, sprinkles, etc.

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to see what /s/ things will sink or swim when they put them in the water. 

Practice the skill within an activity
Will it sink or swim?

  • Show children one /s/ item at a time.
  • Have 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, “S___ will sink” or “S___ will swim” (based on their prediction).
  • Have children observe what happens to the /s/ object.

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Make two different piles of /s/ items from the activity: a sink pile and a swim pile.
  • 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 sock and clap once for each sound in the word (/s/ /o/ /k/).
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word sock (3).
  • Clap for each sound in the word sock again to reinforce the model.
  • Repeat with other words that start with /s/ (e.g., sun, said, seat, soup).
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /s/ sound.

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Objective
Your child will repeat phrases that begin with the /s/ sound (e.g.; Stone will sink.).

Materials

  • Small /s/ items: sock, sponge, spaghetti noodle, spoon, straw, seed, string, sprinkles, etc.

Activity: Sink or Swim

  • Put a plug in the bathtub or kitchen sink, and fill it with water.
  • Hold up the /s/ items one at a time. Have your child predict if the /s/ item will sink or swim.
  • As you put the item in the water, chant, "S___ will sink" or "S___ will swim" (based on your child's prediction).
  • After testing all of the /s/ items, sort them into 2 piles: a sink pile and a swim pile.
  • Point to other /s/ items in the house, and have your child predict if the item would sink or swim.

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