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 Patrick's Phonics L 10 Shiin Mixes 03

SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford

Examples: cl / dr / fr / ph / sp / sw / wh / ll / lk / ss  


DATE ADDED: Nov 02, 2009


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35-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Shiin means consonant in Japanese. In lesson 8 & 9, students practiced 17 consonant blends. For this lesson, they practice 10 more consonant blends.




    1. PART I (Review): Students review the previous lesson. You say a consonant blend and the students must write it. Once completed, check the answers by having the class telling you the letters of each blend.
    2. INTRODUCTION OF SHIIN MIXES: Similar to the previous lesson, I write the blends on the chalkboard just like they are written on the worksheet. Instead of teaching the students what the blend sounds are, I ask them to guess the sounds. My students guessed most of the sounds correctly. (NOTE: There are two 'SW' sounds: swim and sword. There are also three 'WH' sounds: what, whose, whole.)
    3. PART II (Ghost Leg): I say a blend and the students must find and follow the line downward. The first student to do so raises their hand and shouts out the number, in English, of course. In case you don't know how the Ghost Leg activity works, you must trace a line, always going downward, but at every horizontal line, you must go across the horizontal line and continue tracing downward until you reach a number, for example, bl=7, gr=4, etc. (NOTE: There will never be an identical final destination number.)
    4. PART III (Bingo): There are two bingos. For the first bingo, only choose consonant blends from this lesson (Shiin Mixes Part III) and only choos four blends. For the second bingo, all three consonant blends parts are fair game. Since there are a total of 27 blends, choose 10. 
    5. PART IV (Gucha-Gucha Squared): There are three starting points that have been circled on the page. Choose one and say a blend and becomes the starting point. From there, as you say a blend, the students must draw a line connecting the two blends. From my experience, halfway through first round, a couple of students will start freaking out and you will lose them but remain strickt and keep going until you finish. If you stop, this can cause confusion. By not stopping, this sets up the 'lost' students (which are usually the weaker students) to want you to do this activity again. There are three patterns:
      • Fish: sw, sp, pl, ng, ss, wr, st, cl, sw, ll, ph, wh, br, sw.
      • House: ld, br, ght, st, bl, br, wr, cl, sw, ll, ld, fr, cl.
      • Leaf: dr, wh, cl, ph, fr, ss, ll, sp, sw, dr, wh, cl, sw, dr.

6.   PART V (Your Ghost Leg): Students split into pairs, janken, and the winner says a number. The loser draws the line on their own worksheet and says the blend. Then, they switch roles and repeat. Give them about five minutes to complete this activity.

7.   PART VI (How many?): Students try to write as many Shiin Mixes Part III words they can think of.



  • For the Gucha-Gucha Challenge activity, try making a jack-o-lantern pattern: ght, bl, nt, gr, br, ld, tr, nk, ch, br, pl, bl, wr, gr, st, ld, bl, pr, ght, ng, nk, gr, bl, nk, br, pl, pr, nk, pl, wr, th, st, ch, ng, th, ch, bl, wr, nk, th, bl, wr, br, ght.



  • For the Ghost Leg activities, you don't have to do every one, maybe choose only 10-15 blends.  


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