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, placed in a circle

Overview
The children will play a seat-switching game as they listen for words that start with /s/, such as seat, switch, sit, and stay

Literacy Activities
Switch Seats game

  • 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. 
  • Explain the Switch Seats game:
    • Have the child in the middle of the circle walk up to one of the sitting children and say either, “Stay in your seat,” or “Switch seats.” 
    • If the child in the middle says, “Stay in your seat,” the children stay where they are and the child in the middle approaches another child. 
    • If the child in the middle says, “Switch seats,” all of the children switch seats while the person in the middle tries to sit in a seat. 
    • Have the children chant, “Switch seats!” as they find new seats. 
    • The person who doesn’t get a seat is the new 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/ and invite them to think of other words that start with /s/, supporting as necessary.

More Practice
Identify words with the target letter 

  • Put one more chair in the circle so all the children have a chair. 
  • Explain to the children that they should stay in their seat if you say a word that doesn’t begin with the /s/ sound. 
  • Tell the children that they should only switch seats If you say a word that begins with the /s/ sound. 
  • Stand on the outside of the circle of chairs and say several /s/ and non-/s/ words in random order (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

  • Two chairs

Activity: Switch Seats

  • Have your child sit in one of the chairs and explain the Switch Seats game: 
    • If you say a word that begins with the /s/ sound, your child switches to the other seat.
    • If you say a word that doesn't begin with the /s/ sound, your child stays in the same seat. 
  • 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 words while you stay or switch seats, helping him or her think of words as needed.
     

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