Shells on the Shore

Shells on the Shore
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • shore
  • shells
  • sheet
  • share


  • Real (or paper) seashells
  • A bedsheet

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will learn about Shirley, who shares shells on the shore, as they listen for words that start with the /sh/ sound, such as shore, shell, share, and sheet.
Literacy Activities
Gather shells on the shore

  • Lay a sheet on the floor and put the real (or paper) shells on the sheet.
  • Teach the children the tongue twister, “Shirley shares shells on the shore,” and point out that Shirley, shares, shells, and shore all start with the /sh/ sound.
  • Have the children say the tongue twister together slowly as they pick up shells from the sheet.
  • Challenge them to say it a little faster as they share their shells with each other.

More Practice
Repeat words with the target sound

  • Write the words that start with /sh/ from the “Shirley shares shells on the shore” tongue twister on paper shells.
  • Read the words aloud, emphasizing the /sh/ sound, and have the children repeat them back.
  • Help the children think of a few other /sh/ words and write them on paper shells.
  • Shuffle the shells and read a few of the words together as a tongue twister that the children echo back.
  • Shuffle and say the /sh/ words as many times as desired.
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SEEL Target Texts

Sally Sells Seashells

Sally sells seashells by the seashore.
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