Shelly Sheepdog Shreds Shoes


Recognize and/or produce the /sh/ sound in phrases or a series of words that all begin with /sh/.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • shred
  • sheepdog
  • Shelly
  • shame


  • Sheepdog graphic (see below) or stuffed animal dog
  • /sh/ objects or graphics (see below)—cut to look partially shredded so the item is identifiable
  • Small /sh/ picture cards (see below)—1 for each child
  • Bag (to put items in)  

State and model the objective
Tell the children that Shelly the sheep dog likes to chew on items that begin with /sh/ and that they should listen for those items.  

Practice the skill within and activity
Shelly the shaggy sheepdog

  • Show children the bag of things Shelly shredded. 
  • Have children pull items out of the bag one at a time. Say, “What is this? It’s a sh___! What did Shelly do?” 
  • Have the children respond by saying, “Shelly shredded the sh___.” 
  • Say together, while shaking your head, “Shame on you, Shelly! You shouldn’t shred sh___!” 

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Have the children shred the small /sh/ graphics with scissors and say “Shelly shreds sh___.”

March and say the sounds in words 

  • Have the children march and say each sound of the word sheep:
    • segment sounds: say /sh/ (march right), say /ee/ (march left), say /p/ (march right)
    • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say sheep to blend the sounds into the whole word
  • Repeat with other words that start with /sh/ (e.g., shut, share, shell, ship, shout).


SEEL At Home

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Repeat phrases and word series that begin with the /sh/ sound (e.g., sheep, shoe).


  • Shelly the Sheepdog graphic (see below)
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Shelly Sheepdog

  • Walk around the house with the Sheepdog picture, looking for /sh/ items that Shelly the Sheepdog would shred (e.g., sheet, shoe, shirt).  
  • Take turns saying, "Shelly the Sheepdog would shred that sh___."
  • Have your child repeat the /sh/ items you find that Shelly the Sheepdog would shred, and write them down for your child in a short letter to Shelly (e.g.; Dear Shelly, please don't shred my shoes or my shirt.).shelly-the-sheepdog-graphic


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