Engaging and hands-on letter matching and letter recognition practice! Your students will love matching up the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet (fish and ocean) and using the recording sheet to write down all of the letters they catch! These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
52 fish (26 uppercase letters and 26 lowercase letters) and 52 corresponding letters (ocean) in color OR black and white that can be matched together to practice an important and crucial beginning reading skill, letter recognition. This fishing game can be used for many different purposes and in a variety of ways.
Why use Letter Matching Fishing?
Research supports how important it is for beginning readers to practice identifying letters. 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, Letter Matching Fishing is an activity that meets that criteria. Letter Matching Fishing combines the motivation of a hands-on, engaging activity and deliberate practice with the goal of helping students gain automaticity in letter recognition 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. To make it more fun, put the fish in a small plastic swimming pool! Students can use their poles to “catch” a fish, look at the letter, and find the ocean that has the matching uppercase or lowercase letter. They can then write the letter on the recording sheet (optional). For an added layer, students can sort the fish and/or oceans in ABC order.
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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