Fishing Frenzy

Emergent Literacy

Sarah Jane Brock


Rationale: Learning to spell and read is essential to a child's education. These two concepts can be difficult for a student. Before students can match letters to phonemes they have to recognize phonemes in spoken word concepts. The best way for teachers to educate their students in phoneme awareness is coming up with a creative way to help children see the connection between the sound and what it looks like (print). Learning a consonant is different than learning a vowel. Today we will be learning to recognize the phoneme /f/. We will learn symbols and representations to help us remember the sound it makes when we come across /f/ in a word.


-Primary paper and pencil

 -baby swimming pool

-paper fishes with words on them

- silly sentence on paper

 -magnetic fishing pole



1."Today class, we will be learning about the letter /f/. We will see the /F/ and /f/ both make the same sound.  They both make a "ffff" sound. We will break up into groups and play a "go-fishing game" to learn how to read and spell with words that have the letter "f" in them."


2."When we pronounce words with the letter /f/ in it, our lips and teeth meet to make the sound.  You have a funny face when you move your lips and teeth to make this sound. It reminds me of a fish when you pronounce the letter /f/. Can we all make that sound together? Look at your neighbor and see if they look like a fish to you."



3."Let's try a silly sentence to practice on our /f/ sound. 'The funny furry fly flew far to the flowers.' Let's say it together now 3 times. Now say it again, and this time stretch the /f/ at the beginning of the words. "The fffunny ffffury fffly ffflew fffar to the ffflowers. Can you look at your neighbor and say it again making the fishy face?"


4.Let's take out our paper and pencil; we are going to practice writing big / F/ and little /f/. Let's practice the big /F/ first. Go down, over his hat, over his belt (but no shoes). Ya'll all did a great job! Now let's do the little /f/. We start by making a little c up in the air, then straighten it out, go down, and cross at the fence. Awesome job! Now, I am going to come around and give you each a fish sticker. I want you to write big/F/ and little /f/ 7 more times. When you see the letter /F/ and /f/ then you will remember it makes the fishy sound /f/.



5. Let's practice and see how to find /f/ in the word life. I am going to say the word slowly and you need to listen to see when you make the fishy face. Ok listen carefully, l-l-i-i-f-f-f. e-e. I saw your face make the fishy face so /f/ must be in the word life.


6.Call on students to answer and tell how they know: Do you hear /f/ in life or sad? Safe or harm? Feel or deal? For or nor? Now we are going to play a game that will help us read and write words with /f/ in them. We will get in 4 groups. Each group will have a different color: red, blue, green, and yellow.  When I call on you, you will go to the swimming pool and use the pole to catch a fish out of the pool. Then your group will read the word the best you can. Every color is worth a certain amount of points. After all the fish are caught then the game is over. The team with the most points wins.


7.After we play game, we will read Dr. Seuss', One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Every time the children hear the /f/ then they have to turn to their neighbor sitting next to them and do their fishy face quietly. We will write them on the board and then each group can write the words on the board on their own fishes and put them in the swimming pool.


8.For a phoneme awareness assessment, have a worksheet that has many fishes with words that have the phoneme /f/ on them. If it is a word with the phoneme /f/ then they color the fish yellow, red, blue, or green. If not then they do not color it at all. This will help you see which students understand the concept of the phoneme /f/ and who is not.



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