Shop for Shorts


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:

  • shop
  • shirt
  • shorts
  • shoes
  • ship


  • Pretend money (see below) or paper representation of money for each child 
  • /sh/ picture cards (see below) or objects
  • Labels to go in front of each object or picture (optional)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will shop for objects that start with the /sh/ sound.

Practice the skill within and activity   
Shop at the /sh/ store

  • Set up a store with the /sh/ picture cards or objects.
  • Distribute pretend money or representation of money.
  • Let each child shop for the different /sh/ picture cards or objects using his or her money.
  • Help each child repeat the phrase, “I am shopping for (a) sh___,” as he or she pays you the money.

Apply the skill
Identify the target letter

  • Make a shopping list of all the items you need to shop for that start with the /sh/ sound together.
  • Reread the list. Have the children hold up a pretend dollar every time they hear a word that begins with /sh/ sound.


SEEL At Home

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Your child will identify and generate words that begin with the /sh/ sound (e.g., shop).


  • Pretend money (see below)
  • Items that begin with /sh/
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Shop for Shorts

  • Have your child look around the house for objects that begin with the /sh/ sound (e.g., shorts, shirt, shoe, shoelace, ship, shell, shampoo, sheet). Then set all of these /sh/ objects up like a store. 
  • Take turns being the cashier and the shopper. Have the shopper choose a /sh/ item, take it to the cashier saying, "I am shopping for (a) sh___," and hand the cashier the pretend money. Have the cashier say, "Thank you! You should come and shop again!" Repeat until all /sh/ items have been chosen.
  • Make a shopping list with your child listing all of the /sh/ objects that you shopped for. 
  • Read the list together, allowing your child to make the /sh/ sound at the start of each word. 
  • Send the shopping list to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.pretend-money


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