Swish a Fish in a Dish

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dish
  • fish
  • wish
  • swish
  • squish

Materials:

  • Paper or plastic bowls
  • Edible fish (e.g., Goldfish crackers, Swedish fish, Jello fish shapes)
  • Swish a Fish song (see target text below)
  • Fish picture (see below) -- one for each child

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will swish pretend fish while they add sounds to the –ish ending to make words such as fish, dish, wish, and swish. 

Practice the skill within an activity

Act out the Swish a Fish song

  • Teach the children the Swish a Fish song (see target text below) sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou
  • Give each child a paper or plastic dish.  
  • Give children a goldfish cracker to swish in their dish. While swishing their fish, have children sing the Swish a Fish song.
  • After singing both verses of the song, let children put the fish cracker in their mouth to squish.
  • Repeat as desired with other edible fish (Swedish fish, Jello fish shapes).

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Display the text of the Swish a Fish song.  
  • Have children underline the words ending in –ish
  • Go through the text again, underlining the beginning sounds and –ish endings in different colors. 
  • Read the –ish words together, separating the beginning sound and –ish ending before blending (e.g. /f/ + /ish/ = fish).

Write about the activity using target words

  • Ask children what their favorite –ish word is. 
  • Give each child a picture of a fish. 
  • Help them write the –ish ending in the tail of the fish and the beginning sound of the word near the front of the fish. 
  • Have them read the –ish word on their fish and their neighbor’s fish.

SEEL Target Texts

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Swish a Fish

Swish, swish, swish a fish
Swish, swish, swish a fish
Swish, swish, swish a fish
Swish a fish in a big fish dish!
Squish, squish, squish a fish
Squish, squish, squish a fish
Squish, squish, squish a fish
Squish a fish in a big fish dish.
 
(To the tune of Skip to My Louhttp://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/skipto.htm)

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

Materials

  • Fish pictures (cut out), Swish a Fish song, and word blending cards (see below)
  • Fish crackers (optional), 2 small dishes

Activity: Swish a Fish in a Dish

  • Place the fish pictures (or fish crackers) in the small dishes.
  • Sing the Swish a Fish song while you swish the fish in the dish with your child.
  • At the end of the song, pretend to squish the fish.
  • Help your child make different -ish words using the word blending cards.
  • Write a short story about a fish, using the words you made that end with -ish.
  • Send the story to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Fish Picture, Song, and Word Cards

Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.

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