shells on the shore
Recognize and produce the /sh/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /sh/.
- 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.
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.
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.
SEEL Target Texts
Sally Sells Seashells
Shells on the Shore