Engaging and hands-on r-controlled vowel practice! Your students will love fishing for r-controlled vowel pictures and matching them to words (fish and ocean) and using the recording sheet to write down all of the words they catch! These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
40 r-controlled vowel pictures (locks) and 40 corresponding words (keys) in color OR black and white that can be matched together to practice an important and crucial beginning reading skill, reading r-controlled vowel words. This fishing game can be used for many different purposes and in a variety of ways.
Why use R-Controlled Vowels Fishing?
Research supports how important it is for beginning readers to practice r-controlled vowel words. 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, R-Controlled Vowel 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 reading 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” an r-controlled vowel 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 matching word on an ocean scene and put the fish in the ocean. Next, students can read the word and write it on the recording sheet (optional). For an added layer, students can sort the fish and/or words by r-controlled vowels. Go over any of the picture “names” on the fish that your students may have difficulty identifying.
This R-Controlled Vowels 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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