Lesson Plan Ideas For the SH Sound

Digraph SH        SH

Objective:  To recognize the SH sound and compare with the Ss sound.


  • Be prepared to talk about “Sh! Baby’s Sleeping”.  We have phonics songs, pictures, games, worksheets/readers (The Other Sounds), and lesson plans on our website.   (www.phonicsbyspelling.com)
  • Collect some pictures with the SH sound at the beginning or end and pictures with the Ss sound.
  • Decide on a worksheet and/or She reader from CD.  (Great reproducible worksheets and readers in our The Other Sounds CD. )  Free sample from CD.     Worksheet sh with pictures
  • Copy the Nursery Rhyme, “There Was an Old Woman”.


Listen to at least 10 songs in Phonics By Spelling books including Ss and Sh. 

Replay the “Sh! Baby’s Sleeping” song.   Have you heard people make the SH sound? (Church, someone is sleeping, bedtime, library) Make your lips small and make the SH sound with me.  Compare with the Ss sound.

Read the Nursery Rhyme, “There Was an Old Woman”.

  •  There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
  • She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.
  • She gave them some broth,
  • Without any bread.
  • She whipped them all soundly, and sent them to bed.

 What words in the Nursery Rhyme had the “Sh! Baby’s Sleeping” sound?  Count how many times the word “she” is in the rhyme.  What other sounds did you hear in the rhyme?

Put a sticker on each child’s right hand just above the wrist.  As you show pictures of things, ask them to raise their right hand if they hear the “Sh! Baby’s Sleeping” sound.   Have them raise their left hand if the picture has the Ss sound (Water in the Sink).  Put some words on the wall card or word wall.  (she, show, wish, chef, action, social)


Do together a worksheet and/or the She reader.

Read So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton.

Teaching Shapes is a fun follow-up.


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