Show Shadow Shapes


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • shine
  • shadow
  • show
  • shapes


  • Flashlight or overhead projector 
  • Shapes that start with /sh/
  • Shapes that start with /m/

The children will play with shadows and shapes as they listen for words that start with the /sh/ sound, such as shell, ship, shower, and shampoo.

Literacy Activities
Shine the light to make shadow shapes 

  • Cut out a set of all the shapes, separating them into /sh/ and /m/ shape piles, then display a set of all the /sh/ shapes on a table.
  • Hold the cutout /sh/ shapes in front of a flashlight or place them on an overhead projector to make shapes on the wall. 
  • Have the children look at the shape and guess which shape on the table is making the shadow.
  • Let the children take turns choosing an /sh/ shape to display on the wall, letting the other children guess which object is making the shadow. 

Repeat words that start with the target letter 

  • Mix the cutout /m/ shapes with the /sh/ shapes. 
  • Show the shadows of all the shapes one by one.
    • If the name of the shape starts with the /sh/ sound, have the children shout the name of the shape (e.g., shampoo).
    • If the name of shape doesn’t start with the /sh/ sound, set the shape in a discard pile.

Blend sounds into words 

  • Have the children blend word parts into whole words by tapping their head when they say the beginning /sh/ sound, then touching their toes when they say the ending, and finally clapping once when they say the whole word together. For example: /sh/ (tap head) + /ip/ (tap toes) = ship (clap hands) 
    • /sh/ + /ip/ = ship 
    • /sh/ + /eep/ = sheep 
    • /sh/ + /op/ = shop 
    • /sh/ + /ell/= shell



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