Switch Seats

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:

  • switch
  • stay
  • seat

Materials:

  • Chairs in a circle

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will play a seat-switching game as they listen for words that begin with /s/ sound, such as switch, stay, stand, and stop.

Practice the skill within and activity
Switch seats

  • Choose one child to stand in the middle of the circle of chairs and have the other children sit down on the chairs, making sure every seat is filled.
  • Tell the children they will be doing things in this game that start with the /s/ sound, such as "switching seats" and "staying in seats."
  • Explain the game Switch Seats:
    • Have the child in the middle of the circle walk up to one of the sitting children and either say, “Stay in your seat,” or “Switch seats.” 
    • If the child in the middle says, “Stay in your seat,” have all children stay where they are and have the child in the middle approach another child. 
    • If the child in the middle says, “Switch seats,” have all of the children get up and choose a different seat to sit in while the person in the middle steals a seat.
    • As the children are moving, have them chant, “Switch seats!”
    • The person who doesn’t get a seat will be the child in the middle.
  • Repeat the game as many times as desired.
  • Remind the children of the words in the activity that begin with /s/, such as stay, seat, and switch, and invite them to think of other words that start with /s/, supporting as necessary.

Apply the skill
Identify words with the target letter

  • Put one more chair in the circle so all the children have a chair.
  • Tell the children that they should only switch seats If you say a word that begins with the /s/ sound.
  • Explain to the children that they should stay in their seat if you say a word that doesn’t begin with the /s/ sound.
  • Stand on the outside of the circle of chairs and say several /s/ and non-/s/ words (e.g., skunk, sell, run, sip, space, fast, spider, sink, dog, sail) while the children stay or switch as appropriate.

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

Materials 

  • 2 or more different places to sit (e.g., chair, couch, floor)

Activity: Switch Seats

  • Have your child sit in one of the seats to start the game.
  • Explain to your child to switch seats if you say a word that begins with the /s/ sound, but to stay in the same seat if you say a word that doesn't begin with the /s/ sound.
  • Repeat as many times as desired, going faster or slower to make it exciting.
  • After playing several times, switch roles and have your child say /s/ sound words while you stay or switch seats, helping them think of words as needed.

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