Shelly Sheepdog Shreds Shoes

Shelly Sheepdog Shreds Shoes
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • shred
  • shoes
  • sheepdog
  • Shelly
  • shame


  • Sheepdog graphic or dog stuffed animal
  • Picture cards
  • Bag  

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will help Shelly the Sheepdog learn not to shred things that begin with /sh/, such as shoes, shampoo, shower, and ship

Literacy Activity 
Shelly the shaggy sheepdog 

  • Before you begin, cut the /sh/ objects or graphics to look partially shredded, but still identifiable.
  • Show the children the picture of Shelly the Sheepdog and the bag of things Shelly shredded, pointing out the words that start with /sh/
  • Have the children take turns pulling an item out of the bag as you ask, “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___!”
  • Review the things Shelly the Sheepdog shredded again, letting the children shout out the words that start with /sh/.

More Practice
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, shop, shell, ship, shed).
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SEEL At Home


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


  • Sheepdog graphic or dog stuffed animal

Activity: Shelly Sheepdog /sh/

  • Walk around the house with the sheepdog graphic, looking for items that Shelly the Sheepdog shouldn’t shred (e.g., sheet, shoe, shirt). 
  • Take turns saying, "Shelly the Sheepdog, you shouldn’t shred that sh___." 
  • Have your child repeat the /sh/ items you find that Shelly the Sheepdog shouldn’t shred, emphasizing the /sh/ sounds.


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