Sh Sound Digraph game

Did you know that this week is shark week?  Hooray for sharks.  The other day when I was  sitting  at the doctor’s office with my five year old, there was a book there about sharks .  We  read it together.  I was  amazed  by  all  the  different  types of sharks and by some of the other  facts we learned.  Did you know that great  white sharks can smell blood up to 3 miles away!  My son was loving all the pictures and cool  facts.  He also loved getting mommy time and having someone read to him.

So, anyway, I wanted to share with you a cute and fun method today for teaching the ‘sh’ sound.  I asked Mrs. Karle (my mom) how she used to teach the ‘sh’ sound, and she told me a fabulous idea for a game.  I changed it slightly because I wanted to use sharks!  Your little readers are going to have so much fun playing this game!

Sh Sound Digraph Game

To play you will need:

-A list of words.  If you have readers, pick words they know how to read.  If you do not have readers, you can make this a listening game.
-Make some cards with sharks on them.  Also have some cards that have words that begin with the letters “sh”, and then have cards that have other words on them.


1.Print out, cut, and laminate the game cards for the game.  You can print out several copies and use in small groups during centers, or you can use for an entire classroom and play as a class.  The game is loud – so, it may not be a good game for centers – but, the children will love playing!

2.Set a timer for the game to begin.  You can play for as long or as little as you like.  (I recommend 10-15 minutes)

3.Turn the cards upside down and have the first student pick up the card and read the word.  If the word starts with the “sh” sound, the student should SHOUT the word. The student shouts the correct word, he keeps the card.

4.If the card does not begin with the “sh” sound, the children have to say “sh”, “sh” “sh” and WHISPER the word.   If the student whispers the word correctly, she keeps the card.

5.If the child chooses a shark card, all the children must yell “SHARK!!!!”  and then turn in all cards to the center pile.

6.The game ends when time is up, or you run out of time.  The winner is the person with the most cards in their hand.

As I said, this can be a listening game too!  Say a word and have the student either say “sh, sh, sh” or, they will SHOUT the word, or, they will yell “SHARK!”  In the listening version, there is no winner or loser -just good old shouting fun!

I also made a copy of this game.

You can purchase a copy below

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Teacher’s Notebook sites.  Included in the game are game cards with all dolch sight words from pre-primer through level 3.  Shark card, and sh cards (52 [ages in all)

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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. Melanie Alexander says:

    I just purchased this but no download came up
    How can I get my sh shark digraph game?

    1. Oh no! Sorry you had trouble…. Thanky ou for your purchase. I just sent you an email with it attached. Also, check your spam folders because I do find that hotmail addresses go to spam for me a lot of times…. My email is [email protected] – you can reply back to the email I sent with your game so that I know you have it…OR, email me so I can reply back and attach again. Thanks!

  2. Anna James says:

    I bought the Sh Sound Shark game, and really love it! Most of my ELs have problems with this digraph, especially whose whose first language is phonetic, because they expect every letter to have one sound. This game will be so good for them. Thank you!

    1. Awww, thank you so much for the comment! I am glad they love the game… My kids love the game too….”shhhh”, or “Shark!!!” It is fun to shout! 🙂

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