After wrapping up the first set of short vowel sorts from Words Their Way, we moved on to the three most common digraphs: sh, ch, & th. We spent 3 weeks on these. I steered away from wh at this time, only because it sounds a whole lot like w and I thought that might confuse him a bit. All of these picture sorts came from here (except I have the 1st ed.).
Week 1: The first picture sort we sorted and resorted was to help him develop an ear (phonemic awareness) for words starting with s, h, and sh.
- S tub contains: stool, stop sign, snake, spider, sock, & seal
- H tub: hat, hexagon, horn, horse, hair & hippo
- SH tub: shark, shell, shovel, shoe, shirt, & sheep
We adapted a worksheet that I had in my digraphs file. On a dry erase board, he wrote beginning & end. I called out words (from the worksheet), and he wrote the sh in the beginning or end position, depending upon where he heard them in the words. Examples of some of the words were: trash, shark, ship, fish, shoe, & dish. This is a great way to stretch a child’s phonemic awareness and could be done with any sound. You could even add a middle of the word category.
Week 2: Our second sort was deciphering between h, sh, or ch.
Week 3: Our third sort helped him hear the difference between sh, ch, & th. I adapted this sort by combining Sorts 15 & 16 (from 1st ed.). I did not include wh.
We also used these weeks to do some reviewing with the short vowels. I have some free downloads I’ll share regarding this soon.
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