Swish a Fish

Objective

Read and write words ending in –ish.

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, Jell-o fish shapes)–a few for each child
  • Fish picture (see below)
  • Swish a Fish song (see target text below)—sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou
  • Word blending cards (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they are going to swish a fish in a dish as they read and write words ending in –ish: fish, dish, wish, squish.

Practice the skill within an activity

Swish a fish

  • Teach the children the Swish a Fish song (see target text below). 
  • Give each child a paper or plastic dish. 
  • Give the child an edible fish to swish in their dish. While swishing their fish, have the children sing the Swish a Fish song.
  • After singing both verses of the song, let the children put the fish cracker/candy in their mouth to squish.
  • Repeat as many times as desired.

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • dish fish, swish squish, wish fish
    • dish  dash, wish  wash
    • fish fit, wish win, dish dip

Read and write target words

  • Display the text of the Swish a Fish song (see target text below). Sing the song together as a class, and have the children swish their fish every time they hear an –ish word.
  • Give each child a picture of a fish. Have them write an –ish word inside their fish. Then have each child come up one by one and tell the class which –ish word they wrote on their fish. Have them then put the fish on the board.

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 Lou: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/skipto.htm)

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Objective
Read and write words ending in -ish.

Materials

  • Fish pictures (see below) cut out
  • Swish a Fish song (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 write a list of words from the Swish a Fish song that end in -ish. Read the list of words together.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Swish-Fish-text

Standards

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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/.)

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