Recognize and/or produce the /s/ sound in phrases or a series of words that all begin with /s/.
- Big sheet of black butcher paper
- /s/ picture cards (see below) – cut out and place around the room (one per child)
- Paste, glue, or tape
State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to search for things they would find in space that start with the /s/ sound.
Practice the skill within an activity
Search for /s/ stuff in space
- Have the children look around the classroom for an /s/ picture card.
- When each child has found an /s/ picture card, have them bring the cards back and form a circle (remind them to only bring one).
- Have the children stand up one at a time, identify his or her /s/ picture (support where needed), and show it to the class.
- Help the children stick (using tape or glue) the /s/ pictures on to the black “super space” paper.
Apply the skill
Repeat words the start with the target letter
- Point to the various /s/ things on the “super space” paper and have the children identify them by saying, “S____ in super space!”
- Turn the “super space” paper over and see if children can remember the things that they stuck in super space. Repeat each item, emphasizing the target sound (e.g. /s/, /s/, star).
SEEL At Home
Identify words beginning with the /s/ sound (e.g., space).
- List of /s/ and non-/s/ words that could be found in space (e.g., star, sun, spaceship, spaceman, satellite, comet, moon, planet)
Activity: Super Space
- Give your child the piece of paper and pencil. Tell your child that he or she gets to draw items that begin with the /s/ sound in "super space" (i.e., on the paper).
- Have your child listen carefully as you slowly read the list of /s/ and non-/s/ words. Emphasize the first sound in each word (e.g., /s/, /s/, star).
- After you read each word, have your child determine if it does or does not begin with the /s/ sound.
- If you read a word that begins with the /s/ sound, have your child draw the /s/ object in "super space." If the word does not begin with the /s/ sound, do not have your child draw the object.
- After you have read each word on the list, have your child explain to you his or her super space /s/ picture (e.g.; This is the sun in super space. This is a spaceship in super space.).