This is a /s/ blend phrase activity for the student that has great difficulty moving beyond the word level. I made this in response to a request from a SLP in my district whose student had this issue. After a couple of sessions, he was able to produce /s/ blends in phrases. Of course, I don’t guarantee this will work in the same way for your student,
but it may help…. Here it is.
(Note: S blends included are SM, SN, SL, SK, SP, ST, and SW.
This activity includes:
Each page includes 3 phrases
ST (2 pages), SN (1 page), SM (1 page), SK (1 page), SL (1 page), SP (1 page), SW (1 page)
Page of “s” squares (3 are places on each activity page)
This activity is very easy to use. Each page has three /s/ blend
phrases, where /s/ is blank ( as in “big _tar”). There are three “s” squares at bottom of page to fill in blank (to make “big star”).
I suggest presenting it like this initially, but do what you feel is best.
Show student the picture , and model phrase (“big star”) emphasizing the /s/ blend sound.
Pick up the “s” square and have child practice making the “s” sound.
Have student say the /s/ blend word without the ‘s’ (say “tar”).
Now add the “s” into the blank to form word (“star”).
Have child say the word unblended (“s” pause “tar”), while pointing to the parts. Start to blend the the word (“star”) to sound more natural.
Once he/she can say the /s/ blend word, model the phrase (emphasizing the /s/ blend) and have student say it. (“big star”)
Once the student can do this with significant success, he/she should be able to do this activity with little support.
You will need WHITE CARDSTOCK (8.5x11”), Laminate, ©Velcro (both sides), storage
Print on cardstock and laminate.
Cut out 24 “s” squares and adhere scratchy side Velcro on back of each.
Place fuzzy side Velcro on each activity page (3 squares on bottom and fill-ins)
Place the “s” squares on the bottom of each activity page.