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Let a Fish Swim in a Dish
Target text


Read a text with short vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • let
  • get
  • bet
  • fish
  • dish
  • swim


  • Dish
  • Toy fish or fish crackers or paper fish
  • Let a Fish Swim in a Dish target text*

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will get a fish in a dish, swish the fish, let the fish swim in the dish, and read a text that focuses on short vowel words, such as swim, fish, dish, let, bet, and get.
Literacy Activities
Introduce the targeted short-vowel and sight words

  • Display and review the words swim, fish, dish, let, and get with the children.

Swish fish in a dish

  • Let the children wish for a fish and a dish.
  • Give each child a toy fish or goldfish cracker with a dish.
  • Put a little bit of water in the dish (optional).
  • Have the children put the fish in the dish.
  • Ask the children to swish the fish in the dish and let the fish swim in the dish.

Read target words in a text

  • Read the target text Let a Fish Swim in a Dish with the children (found below).

SEEL Target Texts

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Let a Fish Swim in a Dish

I wish for a dish.
I wish for a fish.
I wish for a fish in a dish.
I let the fish get in my dish.
I put the fish in my dish.
I will let the fish swish in my dish.
I will let the fish swim in my dish.
Swish, fish, swish!
Swim, fish, swim!
Swim and swish in my dish!
I let the fish swish and swim in my dish.


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/).