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7 SH Worksheets for Digraph Learning

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Get 7 free and printable worksheets to help teach kids all about the digraph sh. Students practice identifying, tracing, and writing the letters, making the /sh/ sound, visual and auditory discrimination, and initial and final /sh/ sounds, all using the 7 different pdf worksheets.

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Scroll to download the 7 Digraph SH Worksheets at the bottom of this post!

What is a Digraph?

A digraph is two letters that make one sound together. The most common digraphs to teach early readers are ch, th, wh, and sh.

When are students ready to learn digraphs? The goal is to help students build their skills and progress from easiest to more complex. So once they master some earlier literacy concepts like identifying letters and soundsblending sounds to read words, identifying and reading closed syllables, and decoding cvc words, they’re ready to move on to learning about digraphs.

👉 Note: After you teach the sh digraph, you should then teach the ch digraph, so that children can learn to differentiate the letters and distinguish the sounds.

They need to use auditory and visual discrimination because the two digraphs both look alike and sound alike. It will take some practice, and these worksheets include some helpful exercises.

Using the worksheets:

  • Children will learn about the sh sound, recognize it in print, practice tracing and writing the letters, identify words that begin and end with the sh digraph, and differentiate it from the ch digraph. 
  • These worksheets were designed for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade. 

The SH Worksheets

A tracing and writing practice digraph sh worksheet with a pencil.

Tracing & Writing Worksheet

  • Sh Tracing Practice: Students practice tracing and writing the letters s and h together using proper letter formation in both capital and lowercase forms.

If you’re working on this with older students, they can also practice recognizing and writing the digraph in cursive letters. You can grab our 135 no-prep cursive handwriting sheets for more practice, too!

Auditory Discrimination Worksheets

Students should practice saying words out loud, isolating the sounds, and listening closely to hear the /sh/ sound in words.

  • Sh Word Coloring: Students color in pictures that begin with the /sh/ sound. For extra practice, have students say each word aloud while they color.
  • Sh Picture Match: Students will match the sh digraph to the only word that begins with the /sh/ sound, combining visual and auditory discrimination skills.
Two printed and completed worksheets where students must find the digraph sh among other letters.

Visual Discrimination Worksheets

Visual discrimination practice is important because lots of letters look alike! When learning the digraph sh, kids need to be able to distinguish the digraph sh from other groups of letters.

  • Shells on Shore: Students continue practicing visual discrimination by finding the sh shells among other digraphs, then cut those out and paste them on the sea shore.
  • Sheep Sh Digraph Hunt: Students practice visual discrimination as they search for the letters s and h together, hidden among other digraphs and blends.
Two digraph sh worksheets, focused on /sh/ or /ch/ sounds and decodable words.

Initial and Final Sounds Practice

  • Sh or Ch: The digraphs sh and ch are commonly confused, and for good reason- the sounds they make are very similar! Students practice auditory discrimination as they learn to distinguish between the similar /ch/ and /sh/ sounds. The words are chain, shadow, shell, chair, shark, and shower.
  • Initial & Final /sh/ Sounds: Students will find pictures that begin and end with the /sh/ sound, then finish writing in the decodable words in the spaces provided.

More Digraph Learning Resources

Graphic with 8 pages of Digraph SH booklet on a blue background with a pencil.

☝️ Get our Science of Reading aligned SH Digraph Booklet, with orthographic mapping, decodable sentences, and more, for even more practice for your students!

A child using sound boxes to map the word "brush."

For orthographic mapping practice words with digraphs, check out our printable Sound Boxes (Elkonin Boxes).

Download & Print the Worksheets

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  1. Why can’t I find full sheets of digraphs. A full sheet of sh, a full sheet of ch etc? I need them for an activity.

    1. Hi Debbie,
      All downloads can be found if you scroll to the very bottom of our posts. We have lots of free digraph resources for you to use!
      Katie & Laura

    1. All of our downloads can be found at the bottom of our page. Send us an email if you have any trouble and we can certainly assist you.
      -Katie & Laura

  2. Thank you very much, Katie and Laura.
    One of my special needs students is coming to grips with the different sounds that letters make and your hands-on resources and posters are very helpful.

    1. Hi Rona,
      Thank you SO much for your kind words. We are so happy the resources are helping students! That’s what this is all about <3
      Katie and Laura

    1. Renee,
      So sorry for the trouble. Just move to the bottom of the post to the “Download & Print” section and click the blue download button! Please email us if you’re having trouble.
      Katie and Laura

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