Fit Fins on a Fish


Recognize and name the uppercase letter F and lowercase letter f.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fish
  • fin
  • fit
  • fine
  • fun
  • funny


  • Large fish picture—print several (see below)
  • Fin graphics—1 for each child (see below)
  • Blindfold

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will fit fins labeled with the letter F on fish as they recognize and name the uppercase letter F and the lowercase f.

Practice the skill within an activity

Fit the Fins

  • Write the uppercase letter F and lowercase letter f on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the F and f in the air with their fingers.
  • Display the large fish picture and point out that the fish is missing its fin.
  • Spread the fins facedown on a table or the floor and explain that some of the fins have the uppercase or lowercase letter F.
  • Allow the children to take turns picking up a fin and determining as a group whether the fin has an F or f or a different letter on it.
  • If the fin has an F or f, blindfold the child that chose it, give him or her the fin (with tape on the back), and have the child try to fit the fin on a fish (similar to the game Pin the Tail on the Donkey).
  • Have the other children chant, “Fit the fin!” loudly when the child with the blindfold gets closer to fitting the fin in the right place on the fish and quietly when the child moves farther away.
  • Once the fin has been placed on the fish, have the child take off the blindfold.
  • Repeat with other children.
  • Pointing at the F and f on the whiteboard, tell the children that the only fins that can stay on the fish are the ones with the letter F on them.
  • Have the children point to the fins with the letter F (and lowercase f) then have them help you remove the fins that do not have a letter F.
  • After removing all fins without an F, say, “Now the fish just have F fins!”

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter

  • Take all of the fins off the fish and mix them together.
  • Have the children choose a fin and show it to the group.
  • Decide together if the fin should go in the F pile or the Other Letters pile.
  • Let the children write the letter F (and lowercase f) on the large fish picture.


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and name the uppercase letter F and lowercase letter f.


  • Fish graphic (see below)
  • Fin graphics (see below)
  • Blindfold

Activity: Fit the Fins on the Fish

  • Cut out the fish and fins graphics then hang the fish on the wall. 
  • Tell your child that the fish needs fins to be able to swim, and point out the uppercase F and lowercase letter f on the fins. 
  • Put the blindfold on your child and have him or her try to fit a fin on the fish (like Pin the Tail on the Donkey).
  • While your child is trying to fit the fin on the fish, chant, "Fit the fin!" softly as your child gets farther away from where the fin should go, and more loudly as he or she gets closer.
  • Take turns trying to fit a fin on the fish while blindfolded. 
  • Repeat until all of the F fins have been fit on the fish.
  • Have your child write the letter F (and lowercase f) on the fish (provide support as needed).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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