Engaging and hands-on Beginning Sounds practice! Your students will love catching beginning sound fish, matching up the pictures and beginning sounds (fish and ocean) and using the recording sheet to write down all of the beginning sounds they unlock! These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
58 Beginning Sound pictures (fish) and 58 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 sounds. This fishing game can be used for many different purposes and in a variety of ways.
Why use Beginning Sounds Fishing?
Research supports how important it is for beginning readers to practice 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 Sound Fishing is an activity that meets that criteria. Beginning Sounds Fishing combines the motivation of a hands-on, engaging activity and deliberate practice with the goal of helping students gain automaticity in letter sounds and does 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 letter that shows the beginning sound on an ocean scene and put the fish in the ocean. Next, students can write the letter on the recording sheet (optional). For an added layer, students can put the fish and/or letters in alphabetical order. There are two pictures for each consonant (three for x with the ending sound option) and three pictures (one long vowel) for each vowel. Go over any of the picture “names” on the fish that your students may have difficulty identifying.
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