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The "S" as a "Zzz" Sound

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the letter “s” when it makes a “zzz” sound.

Remember that we’re going to focus on the sounds the letters make. Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.

If you missed a lesson, you can always go back and find those here.

Ok, let’s get started.

Today’s Letter Sounds

As we’ve covered already, some letters can make more than one sound. The letter “s” can make a “sss” sound like in the words “sad” or “kiss.” It can also make a “zzz” sound, as in the words “is” or at the end of plural words like “hats.”

(If you need help, check out this short YouTube video to hear the s as a zzz sound.)

Have them read the word “is” to practice the s as a zzz sound:

i s



h is

h is


Did they get it right? If they're reading it as "huh-ih-zuh," ask them to blend the sounds faster until they are reading the word "his" clearly and cleanly. Let’s do a few more:

a s



h as

h as


Silly Sentences

If you think your child is ready, see if they can read these:

Sam’s dogs ran into a shed.

Bob’s bag has a gap in it.

Lin is in a show at ten.

Pam had a bad fish. Now Pam is not well.

Now let’s try a few with the word “was.” It can be tricky, but see if your child can sound it out based on what they know so far about the “w” and “s as a z” sounds. If they struggle, have them re-read it another time or two to get it right.

I fell in mud and got wet. I was a mess.

Dad was as mad as a bull.

But I was not mad. I was not sad. I had fun.

That’s it for today. We’ll see you Friday,


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