Catching Catfish

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter C and the lowercase letter c.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • camp
  • catch
  • catfish
  • cup
  • campfire

Materials:

  • Catfish graphics (see below)
  • Paper clips
  • Pond graphic (see below), blue paper, or a blue blanket
  • String
  • Magnet
  • Pretend campfire (e.g., red and orange tissue paper)
  • Cup

 

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will cook some catfish as they recognize, name, and/or write the uppercase C and lowercase c.

Practice the skill within an activity

Catch the catfish

  • Before the activity, cut out the catfish graphics (see below), attach a paper clip to each catfish, place the fish in a pretend pond (use the pond graphic below or blue paper), and tie or tape the magnet to the string to make a fishing pole.
  • Write the uppercase letter C and lowercase letter c on a whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the C and c in the air with their fingers.
  • Have the children sit around the pretend pond and let the children catch catfish with the magnetic fishing pole while chanting, “Catch the catfish.”
  • Help the children name and identify the letter on each catfish.
    • If the letter on the catfish is a C, place the catfish in a cup to carry to the campfire.
    • If the letter is not a C, have the children throw the catfish back in the lake.
  • Let the children place the catfish on the pretend fire while chanting, “Cook the catfish.”
  • Encourage the children to draw the letter C in the air with their finger while the catfish cooks.

Apply the skill

Write the target letter

  • Have the children trace the letter C on the front of the catfish.
  • Have the children write the letter C on the back of each catfish (provide support as needed) using crayons to write the letter in different colors.

Printouts

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter C and the lowercase letter c.

Materials

  • Catfish graphics (see below)
  • Two cups
  • A piece of blue paper, a bowl, or an area designated as a pond

Activity: Catching Catfish

  • Before the activity, cut out and put the catfish in a pretend pond.
  • Show your child the letter C and c and suggest that you go fishing for catfish that have that letter on them.
  • Pretend to go climbing (walking around your house) to find a campsite and to catch some catfish.
  • When you reach the pretend pond, encourage your child to try catching the catfish with his or her cup before they swim away.
  • Help your child name and identify the letter on each catfish that he or she catches.
    • If the letter on the catfish is the letter C or c, take it to the pretend campsite.
    • If it has a different letter on it, then put it back into the pond.
  • Have your child write the letter C again on the back of each catfish using different colored crayons.

Catfish-graphic

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.

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