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Spotlight on Articulation SH
Ages: 5-10   Grades: K-5

Ready-to-go lessons for articulation of sh are at your finger tips.  Activities like the Marshmallow Treat game, mazes, rebus stories, and tic-tac-toe keep students' interests.


  • Successfully articulate sh in syllables, words, sentences, and storytelling
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The stimulating lessons give students plenty to talk about and feature:

  • practice of sh in all positions of words and in a variety of phonetic contexts
  • activities arranged in a hierarchy of difficulty that progress across all levels of sound production
  • reproducible pages with a wide variety of interactive learning formats: mazes, rebus stories, sentence fill-ins, picture scenes, story sequencing, games, and more
  • lighthearted art to capture student's attention
  • tips for sound production and a progress chart

You may purchase Spotlight on Articulation SH individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Articulation set.  The 6-book set consists of:

Spotlight on Articulation CH

Spotlight on Articulation K/G

Spotlight on Articulation L

Spotlight on Articulation R

Spotlight on Articulation S

Spotlight on Articulation SH


Copyright © 2006

40 pages, progress chart

According to the Clinical Guidelines of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (, 2005) and the Preferred Practice Patterns of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (, 2004):

  • Acquiring effective spoken language involves the development of a range of processing skills, which utilizes multisensory information and the development of phonology and articulation.
  • Speech sound intervention should focus on improvement of speech sound discrimination and production.
  • Speech sound intervention should include general facilitation of newly-acquired articulation and/or phonological abilities to a variety of speaking, listening, and literacy-learning contexts.

Spotlight on Articulation SH incorporates the above principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Barb Truman, Lauri Whiskeyman, Margaret Warner


Barb Truman, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who worked with school-age children before joining the product development team at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems, Barb wrote and edited products, fielded questions from customers, and staffed booths at conventions.  She is currently enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, allowing her to spend precious time with her husband, adopted son, mother, and other family members.

Lauri Whiskeyman, M.A., Ed.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who worked with school-age children before joining the product development team at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems, Lauri wrote and edited products, fielded questions from customers, and staffed booths at conventions.  She is currently a speech-language pathologist working with students in preschool through middle school.

Margaret Warner is a freelance artist in Bettendorf, Iowa, who began illustrating for LinguiSystems in 1988.  Her art appears in hundreds of LinguiSystems products.

Barb, Lauri, and Margaret have authored and co-authored several LinguiSystems publications.


You can never have too many materials—especially for articulation practice!  It takes a lot of practice to change a student's articulation patterns.  The goal of the Spotlight on Articulation series is to provide lots of fun practice across many levels (e.g., syllable, word, sentence).

In Spotlight on Articulation SH, you'll find worksheets with pictures, words, sentences, and engaging activities (e.g., mazes, tic-tac-toes, games, rebus stories, fill-ins).  We have used a variety of words to allow for practice in many different phonetic contexts.  To give students more practice per word, have them repeat the word a specific number of times or do the activity page a second time.

The activity sheets are designed to be pick-up-and-use ready.  They are arranged in a hierarchy by word position, but you can start wherever you wish and pick and choose the pages that suit your student's level of performance.  A progress chart is included to help track your student's progress.

The syllable activity sheet is versatile enough to work on the target phoneme in all positions.  Have the student trace the lines from the consonant phoneme to the vowel as he says the syllable (e.g., "sho").  For final position practice, have the student start at the vowel and trace the lines to the consonant phoneme (e.g., "osh").  For medial practice, have the student start at the vowel, trace the lines to the consonant phoneme and then back to the vowel while phonating (e.g., "osho").  The vowels can represent long or short vowel sounds as needed for practice.


Tips for Production*

The /sh/ sound is produced with the tongue in a bowl shape and by blowing the air stream down the middle of the tongue with the lips slightly puckered.  There are many techniques to help students produce this sound. Here are some starters:

  • Use a tongue depressor to show the student where his tongue needs to be.  Touch the lateral margins of the tongue and the sides of the palate near the upper molars.  Have the student raise the back sides of his tongue to touch the palate/teeth area, pucker slightly, and then blow air down the middle of his tongue.
  • Help the student learn the tongue position by stimulating the tongue-bowl reflex.  Have the student stick out his tongue.  With a tongue depressor, lightly scrape along the midline of the tongue from its tip to middle.
  • Place the bowl of a spoon on the student's tongue and have him mold his tongue around it.  Have him imitate this tongue position without the spoon, blowing the air out his mouth for an /sh/ sound.
  • Have the student make a long /s/ sound.  As he says "ssssss," have him move his tongue back in his mouth and pucker his lips slightly.

We hope your students enjoy these activity sheets as they practice their /sh/ sound.

Barb, Lauri, and Margaret

*adapted with permission from Plass, B. (1996). SPARC Artic Jr. East Moline, IL: LinguiSystems, Inc.