Fit the Fin on the Fish

Objective

Recognize and produce the /f/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /f/.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fit
  • fins
  • fish
  • fun
  • feather

Materials:

  • Large fish picture (see below)
  • Fin graphics (see below), one for each child
  • Blindfold

Overview
The children will fit fins on a fish while listening for words that begin with the /f/ sound, such as far, fix, fit, and fantastic.

Practice the skill within an activity
Fit the Fin on the Fish game (similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey)

  • Display the large fish picture on the wall at approximately the children's shoulder level.
  • Show the children the large fish picture and explain that they will need to fit a fin on the fish. 
  • Point out that fit, fin, and fish all start with the /f/ sound and invite the children to listen for more words that start with /f/.
  • Choose one child from the group and blindfold him or her.
  • Give the child a paper fin with tape on the back to fit on the fish, and have the child do his or her best to fit the fin on the fish.
    • Have the other children chant, “Fit the fin on the fish! Fit the fin on the fish!” in a regular voice if the child is getting close to where the fin belongs
    • Have the children chant more quietly the farther away the child gets from the correct spot.
  • Once the fin has been placed on a fish, have the child take off the blindfold, and have everyone cheer, "Fantastic! You fit the fin on the fish!" 
  • Repeat until all children have had a turn.
  • Review with the children the words in the activity that start with the /f/ sound, emphasizing the /f/ (e.g., /f/ /f/ /f/ fit).

Apply the skill
Identify the target letter

  • Ask the children to help you make up a story about a fish that had no fins, and emphasize the words that have the /f/ sound at the beginning.
  • Tell the story back to the class and have them flap their arms like the fins of a fish anytime they hear a word that begins with the /f/ sound.

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Objective
Recognize and produce the /f/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /f/.

Materials

  • Large fish picture (hung on the wall)
  • 2 fins (cut out)
  • Blindfold

Activity: Fit the Fin on the Fish

  • Blindfold your child and give him or her a fin with tape on the back.
  • Have your child try to fit the fin on the fish (similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey).
  • While your child is trying to fit the fin on the fish, chant, "Fit the fin on the fish!"
    • Chant softer as your child gets farther away from where the fin should go, and louder as your child gets closer.
  • Take turns trying to fit the fin on the fish while blindfolded.
  • When you have finished playing, take turns saying words that begin with the /f/ sound (e.g., fun, fish, fin, fit, fix, fan).

Fins-and-Fish

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