Fish in the Dish


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –ish to make words such as wish, fish, and dish.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fish
  • dish
  • wish
  • swish


  • Toy or beanbag fish (or regular beanbags with the fish graphics below attached)
  • Large plastic bowl labeled “dish”
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Plastic bowls
  • Toss the Fish target text (see below)
  • Fish stickers (optional) 

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will get a fish into a dish while they add sounds to the –ish ending to spell words such as fish, wish, and dish.

Practice the skill within an activity

Wish for a fish in your dish

  • Teach the children the chant: “Wish! Wish! Get the fish in the dish!”
  • Have children take turns tossing a toy or beanbag fish into a large, plastic bowl as everybody says the chant.
  • If a child gets the fish in the dish, have all of the children say, “The fish is in the dish!” and let that child get a fish sticker (optional).
  • Hand out goldfish crackers in small plastic bowls for children to swish.

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the target text Toss the Fish together as a class/group. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ish.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have a child say a word ending in –ish
  • Have another child write it on the board. 
  • Have another child change the first letter to make a new word.
  • Continue this pattern as many times as desired.

SEEL Target Texts

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Toss the Fish

Toss the fish.
Toss the fish.
Wish for the fish to go into the dish!
Get the fish into the dish.
Toss the fish into the dish.
Swish! Swish! Swish!
The fish is in the dish!
The fish can swish in the dish.


SEEL At Home

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Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –ish to make words such as wish, fish, and dish.


  • Fish Picture, Fish Tokens, Toss the Fish Text
  • Beanbag, ball, or soft toy (attach the fish picture)
  • Large plastic bowl (labeled "dish")

Activity: Get the Fish into the Dish

  • Practice the chant: "Wish! Wish! Get the fish in the dish!"  
  • Take turns tossing the fish into the dish.
  • If the fish lands in the dish say, "The fish is in the dish!" and take a fish token.
  • The winner is the player with the most fish tokens.
  • Read the Toss the Fish target text together.
  • Make a list of -ish words from the target text. Read the list together by having the adult say the beginning sound in each word and  the child say the -ish word ending
  • The activity can be repeated several
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