Catch the Catfish


Associate the letter C with the /k/ sound (e.g., the /k/ sound in catch, cook, catfish).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • catch
  • catfish
  • campfire
  • cook


  • Word cards (see below) 
  • String with a magnet on the end attached to a ruler to use as a fishing pole
  • Catching Catfish song (see target text below) sung to the tune of Frere Jacques
  • Campfire picture (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will catch pretend catfish as they practice saying the /k/ sound in words that start with the letter C such as catch, catfish, clean, and cook.

Practice the skill within an activity

Catch catfish

  • Cut out the catfish word cards (see below), attach a paper clip to each card, and place the cards in a pretend pond.
  • Assemble a pretend fishing pole with string on a magnet attached to the end of a ruler.
  • Have the children catch a catfish with the fishing pole and help them read the word on the card.
  • Have the children name the first letter (C) and say the /k/ sound.
  • Repeat the game until all of the catfish cards are caught.

Cook catfish

  • Teach the children the Catching Catfish song, then sing the song together to the tune of Frere Jacques.
  • Allow the children to catch catfish and pretend to cook them over a campfire (see graphic below).
  • Instruct the children to underline the letter C throughout the text of the song, saying the /k/ sound each time they underline a letter.
  • Sing the song again and have the children make a C with their fingers every time they hear a word that starts with the /k/ sound.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter

  • Have the children circle the letter C on the Catfish Word Cards used in the first activity, saying the /k/ sound each time they circle a letter.
  • Make a list of the words from the activity (i.e., cat, can, cup, cut, cop, cot) where the children can see it.
  • Help the children identify the beginning and rhyme ending sounds of each word on the list by tapping their head for the beginning sound of the word and toes for the rest of the word (e.g. cat = /c/ tap head and /at/ tap toes).
  • Point out that all of the words have the /k/ sound at the beginning of the word and start with the letter C.

SEEL Target Texts

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Catching Catfish

Catching catfish,
Catching catfish!
In the pond,
In the pond!
Cook the little catfish,
Cook the little catfish!
On a campfire,
On a campfire!


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter C with the /k/ sound (e.g., catch, cook, catfish).


  • Word cards (see below)
  • Catching Catfish song (see below)

Activity: Catching Catfish

  • Put the catfish word cards (see below) in a pretend pond.
  • Have your child teach you the Catching Catfish song (see below). 
  • Let your child pretend to try catching the catfish with his/her hands while singing the song. 
  • Help your child read the word on each card.
  • Have your child name the beginning letter and beginning sound of each word. 
  • Tell your child to circle the letter C throughout the Catching Catfish song, saying the /k/ sound each time he/she underlines a letter.
  • Sing the song again and have your child make a C with his/her fingers every time he/she hears a word that starts with the /k/ sound. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.