Fish in the Dish

Fish in the Dish
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fish
  • dish
  • wish
  • swish


  • Toy fish 
  • Large plastic bowl labeled “dish”
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Plastic bowls
  • Toss the Fish target text
  • Fish stickers (optional) 

The children will get a fish into a dish as they add sounds to the –ish ending to spell words such as fish, wish, and dish.

Literacy Activities
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 fish into a 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 and have the children gently swish them around in their bowls.

More Practice
Read target words in a text 

  • Read the target text Toss the Fish together as a class. 
  • 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.
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SEEL Target Texts

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.
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SEEL At Home


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


  • Fish graphic
  • Fish tokens
  • Toss the Fish target text
  • Beanbag, ball, or soft toy 
  • Large plastic bowl labeled "dish"

Activity: Get the Fish into the Dish

  • Attach the fish graphic to the beanbag or soft toy.
  • With the children, 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.
  • When the game is over, read the Toss the Fish target text together and make a list of -ish words from the target text.
  • Read the list together, say the beginning sound in each word and, and have your child say the -ish word ending.
  • The activity can be repeated several
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.