The origins of the long s, ſ, can be traced all the way back to old Roman cursive, a script used in Rome for everyday, informal writing from the first century AD to about the third century.
In this script, the letter s was written as a vertical downstroke with a small curve at the end of it, and a diagonal upstroke at the top. It looked almost like a check mark, with an added diagonal line on top of it. I
n new Roman cursive, which developed between the third and seventh century AD, s was written almost as we write the lowercase r today: a vertical downstroke, followed by an upstroke with a curve.
For this activity, we learned all about the long s sound found in the word SPIDER.
To do so, students used manipulatives (in this case, toy spiders) to cover the letter S.
This letter S was placed onto a letter card. Students enjoyed playing with the spiders and putting them into different shapes on the letter.