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Exploring Sounds


Using the Florida quarter, help students identify the "sh" sound and its placement within words with this kinesthetic activity.


This activity is great to use as part of a unit on consonant blends.

Look at the Florida quarter reverse design with your students.  Ask students to identify the pictures that they see.  Students should say that they see a ship and a space shuttle.  Say the words "ship" and "shuttle" out loud to the class.  Ask them what sound these two words have in common.

Write "SH" at the top of a piece of chart paper.  Have students think of every word they can think of that has the "sh" sound.  If necessary, use the list below to prompt students for responses.

Once the class is done brainstorming, label one corner of the room "Beginning", "End", and "No 'sh' Sound" respectively.  Read aloud one word from the class brainstorming list.  Then, ask students to identify where the "sh" sound is in that word.  Direct students to move to the corner that corresponds with the placement of the "sh" sound in the word you read aloud.  Ask students why they chose the corner they did.  Have the class determine the correct answer.  Continue this activity with each word on the brainstorming list.


Continue this activity throughout the year as you introduce new sound patterns to your students.


The project described above reflects some of the national standards of learning as defined by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), and the International Society for Technology in Education.  These standards are listed below:

Language Arts Standards

Demonstrate competence in the general skills and strategies of the reading process.  Students will identify the "sh" sound and be able to describe its placement in that word.

Demonstrate competence in speaking and listening as tools for learning.  Students will listen to a word spoken aloud and then determine whether the "sh" sound is in the beginning, middle, or end of that word.

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