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Consonant Digraph: Sh is for Sheep
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Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present consonant digraph Sh.
Level: Kindergarten and first grade after the basic alphabet sounds have been mastered.
Include this lesson as part of a sheep, lamb and/or shepherd theme.
Animals > Mammals > Domestic > Farm > Sheep
The sheep is an animal with hooves, hollow horns, and long, curly hair. Sheep are mammals that are raised for their wool; some people also use heir milk and mat. They closely related to goats. A lamb is a young sheep, or its meat used as food.
Consonant Sh Digraph Presentation:
Present the digraph Sh sheep six-piece online jigsaw puzzle to practice problem solving and view digraph Sh in upper and lower case. Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.
Present and display your choice of printable materials in the materials column:
Explain that when letter S and H "tag along together" they make the Sh sound.
Invite children to make the sound.
Children Age 3 and under:
* Print this digraph Sh coloring page and a sheep coloring image behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later. Discuss other digraph Sh words found on the worksheet.
* Finger Tracing:
Trace digraphs Sh in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.
* Children can color and trace the digraph Sh's. After completing the letter coloring, encourage children to color the sheep image. Provide some cotton balls to paste on the image.
Children Ages 3+ and older >
Consonant Sh Activity Worksheet and Mini Book features four Sh words: shark, sheep, shepherd, shoes. This worksheet and matching mini-book can be used as part of program of activities to reinforce learning this digraph. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
*Find the Sh sound: Have the children find all the letter Sh's in upper and lower case on the worksheet and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the digraph Sh's and then discuss the locations with the worksheet.
* Finger and Pencil Tracing:
Trace the Sh's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the digraph. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page (first presentation) or handwriting practice worksheet.
Encourage the children to trace the dotted letters with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil and demonstrate the direction of the arrows and numbers that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.
Discuss other letter Sh words and images: First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with example. You can print Sh in a different bright color to make it stand out. You can also display other Sh coloring pages or even make a classroom book. Visit Letter Sh Printable Materials and coloring pages to make your choice.
Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a sheep behind the page or print a sheep coloring page.
2. Drawing and writing paper Encourage children to draw, and color a sheep and write digraph Sh.
Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Sheep
Skills: Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun sheep image. The default puzzle is 6 pieces. Click on the change cut button to change shape and number of pieces.
*coloring and writing materials
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