Sink or Swim
Recognize and/or produce the /s/ sound in phrases or a series of words that all begin with /s/.
- 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.
SEEL At Home
Your child will repeat phrases that begin with the /s/ sound (e.g.; Stone will sink.).
- 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.
Sink or Swim