Engaging and hands-on Beginning Blends practice! Your students will love going fishing to match up the pictures and beginning blends (fish and ocean) and use the recording sheet to color or circle all of the beginning blends they catch! These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
80 Beginning Blend pictures (fish) and 80 corresponding letters (ocean) in color OR black and white that can be matched together to practice an important and crucial beginning reading skill, recognizing beginning blends. This fishing game can be used for many different purposes and in a variety of ways.
Why use Beginning Blends Fishing?
Research supports how important it is for beginning readers to practice beginning blend letter sounds. Intentional, frequent, and focused opportunities to practice over an extended time (deliberate practice) facilitates automaticity with this skill. Since research also shows that learners are more motivated to do an activity that is fun and novel, Beginning Blends Fishing is an activity that meets that criteria. This fishing game combines the motivation of a hands-on, engaging activity and deliberate practice with the goal of helping students gain automaticity in letter sounds and to do it in a way that is both fun and motivational.
How to Use:
Spread the fish out face down on the floor or a table. The students can use their poles to “catch” a fish. To make it more fun, put the fish in a small plastic swimming pool! Have each student say the name of the picture on the card. Then, they will find the letters that show the beginning blend on an ocean scene and put the fish in the ocean. Next, students can color in the blend that they found on the recording sheet (optional).
This Beginning Blends Fishing game can be used as morning work, at the beginning of a reading group, in a literacy center, or any other way that fits with your needs. It’s also a useful tool to be used by a parent volunteer or a paraprofessional working with one or a few students.
We purchased magnetic fishing poles from Lakeshore Learning; however, you can also make your own poles with wooden dowels, pencils, chopsticks, or anything that would make sturdy “fishing poles.” Tie string on the end of each “pole.” Then, attach a magnet on the end of each string. Put a paperclip or brad on each fish. This can also be played without using magnetic fishing poles. Simply place the fish in a sensory bin (filled with blue shredded paper, water beads, etc.) and students can pull a fish from the “ocean”.
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Linda Ekstrom and Michelle Woods
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