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Speech Using a target sound in a sentence  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

These activities focus on using a sound in a word and putting this word into a sentence, e.g. - target word = 'sun', sentence = 'the sun was high in the sky'. A sentence usually has 3 or more words.

Your target sound may be at the beginning of the word, e.g. 's' in 'sun', or in the middle of a word, e.g. 's' in 'glasses', or at the end of a word, e.g. 's' in 'horse'.

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Phonology/Articulation:Sounds in Phrases and Sentences
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Story String

- A copy of picture cards containing your child's target sound - click here for printable word cards. 

- String or rope to make a washing line.

- Pegs

 

 

1. Cut out the pictures containing the target sound. 

2. Ask your child to choose 4- 5 pictures and peg them on the line.

3. The first person uses the first picture on the line to make up a sentence, e.g. 'the cat (taget word) went in the garden'. 

4. The second person add to the story by linking another sentence with the next target word, e.g. 'and then dug up all the carrots (target word)'.

5. You can make the stories as silly or as funny as you like. 

6. You can make errors to see if your child picks up on them, e.g. I went to the shops and brought a car, tat (cat)'.

7. If your child makes an error you can make them aware of this by repeating back, e.g. 'Is it dun or sun?'.

8. You could make a video or recording of your story to play back and listen.

 

 

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to (add link to generalisation activities)

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, move back to using games that focus on saying the target sound in a small phrase. Once your child is confident at saying the target sounds in a phrase, try this activity again.

Click here for activities with small phrases.

I went shopping...

- A copy of picture cards containing your child's target sound - click here for printable word cards.

 

  1. Cut out the picture cards and place them face down in a pile in front of you.
  2. The first person chooses a picture card and turns it over and says the sentence, 'I went to the shops and I bought a (target word)'.
  3. The next person chooses a new card and lays it next to the first card and repeats the sentence, 'I went to the shops and bought a (target word) and (new target word).
  4. The game continues until all the cards are used up, or someone forgets to use the target sound. 
  5. You can make errors to see if your child picks up on them, e.g. I went to the shops and brought a car, tat (cat)'.
  6. If your child makes an error you can make them aware of this by repeating back, e.g. 'Is it dun or sun?'.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to (add link to generalisation activities)

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, move back to using games that focus on saying the target sound in a small phrase. Once your child is confident at saying the target sounds in a phrase, try this activity again.

Click here for activities with small phrases.

Sound Dice Race

1. Print out the sound dice race sheet.

2. Explain to your child that you are going to roll the dice and make a sentence up with the picture next to the number rolled. 

3. Once you have said the word in sentence, you cover that picture with a counter or sticker and the next person takes a turn.

4. Keep playing until one number wins by covering up all the pictures in the row.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to (add link to generalisation activities)

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, move back to using games that focus on saying the target sound in a small phrase. Once your child is confident at saying the target sounds in a phrase, try this activity again.

Click here for activities with small phrases.

Barrier Games

- Barrier games resources for your target sounds - click here to see available sounds

- Something that can be used as a barrier between the players so you are unableto see the other players pictures, e.g. a book, folder.

1. Print and cut out 2 sets of resources.

2. Each player has a set of places and a set of picture cards.

3. Place a barrier between the players.

4. Explain to your child that you are each going to take turn at giving a set of instructions for the other person to follow and then life the barrier to see if you have the same pictures in front of you.

5. Explain all the words have a sound that we are working on.

6. Eash person lays the place cards out in front of them. One person starts giving instructions, e.g. put the cat on the cave, put the goat on the supermarket.

7. Continue until there is a smaller picture on each of the large pictures. Remove the barrier and check you have the same pictures - discuss any differences.

8. If your child forgets to use a target sound, you could gently remind them, e.g. 'is it doat or goat?'

You could reduce the amount of pictures you are using, e.g. only give three sentences before you check.

Sentence Story Dice

1. Print out and make up the sentence dice for your target sound.

2. Explain to your child that you are going to take turns at rolling the dice and making a sentence up containing the three pictures on the dice.

3. The dice contain a character, an action, an object and a place, e.g. the ladybird was laughing at the ladder in the lake.

4. Make up a sentence and see if you can use your target sound in all places in the sentence.

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