Sneaky Spider


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:

  • sneaky
  • spider
  • spot
  • search


  • Sneaky Spider (made as follows with scissors, tape, black paper & string):
    • Cut out a black paper circle and draw a straight line from the outside to the center of the circle.
    • Cut slit along line.
    • Overlap and tape to form a shallow cone-shaped body.
    • Fasten a string from the center of the slit with tape.
    • Tape 8 small strips of black paper around the cone to form legs. 
  • Sneaky Spider song (see target text below) -- sung to the tune of Frére Jacques
  • Spider coloring page (see below), 1 for each child 
  • Crayons

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to look for a sneaky spider while listening for the /s/ sound.

Practice the skill within and activity
Search for the sneaky spider

  • Show the children the sneaky spider you made as you teach them the Sneaky Spider song (see below).
  • Choose a child to turn around and close his or her eyes while you hide the spider somewhere in the room.
  • Have the child search for the sneaky spider while everyone else sings the Sneaky Spider song. 
  • Repeat several times so other children can have a turn.

Apply the skill
Write and repeat words with the target letter

  • Give each child a spider coloring graphic (see below) and let them decorate it. As the children color, have them think of a name for their spider that begins with the /s/ sound (e.g., Sam, Sarah, Simon, etc.).
  • Help the children write their /s/ name on their picture.

SEEL Target Texts

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Sneaky Spider (to the tune of "Frere Jacques")

Sneaky spider,
Sneaky spider,
See the spots!
See the spots!
Search for sneaky spider.
Search for sneaky spider.
See the spots! See the spots!


SEEL At Home

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Children will repeat phrases that begin with the /s/ sound (e.g., spider).


  • Sneaky Spider song
  • Spider graphic 
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Activity: Sneaky Spider

  • Have your child teach you the Sneaky Spider song (use the words provided if necessary).
  • Take turns having one person close his or her eyes while the other person hides the spider.
  • Sing the Sneaky Spider song together as the second person looks for the spider.  
  • Repeat activity as many times as desired, taking turns hiding the spider.
  • Help your child remember all the words from the song that start with the /s/ sound. Make a list of all the /s/ words.
  • Send the /s/ word list to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.



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