# Alphabet Fishing

• Preschool
• 45 minutes
• Standards: RF.K.1.D, RF.K.3.A
• 4.0 based on 5 ratings
October 23, 2015

Hook your students on reading with this lesson that helps them identify the shapes of letters.

## Lesson

### Introduction (5 minutes)

• Tell students that today you are going fishing for letters.
• Hold up a few letters, one at a time, as you pretend to "catch" them. Have students identify the letters as you place them on a magnet board or cookie sheet.
• Tell students that to fish for letters they will need the right bait.

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

• As you are "catching" letters point out physical features of each by tracing and labeling the shape verbally. For example: Look at the uppercase C. It curves from top to bottom.
• You can put a letter on the magnet board and then draw the letter next to it as you draw students' attention to the features of the print.
• Draw or place alphabet letter magnets on the board and say that you're trying to find a letter with a certain shape. Have your students identify the letter you described.
• Invite students to find, name, or identify letters in their name or relevant letters you have already studied.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

• Show students how they can form their "bait" into letter shapes with pipe cleaners.
• Have students practice forming letters with pipe cleaners.
• Show students how to "bait their hook" by hanging their pipe cleaner letter on the paper clip hook.
• Show students how to fish for their letter.
• If a students catches a letter that does not match their "letter worm", tell them to "throw it back" and try again.
• Show students how they can place their letter on a matching letter sheet, basket, or alphabet board.

### Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

• Have your students work independently to complete the task, having them lower their hooks into the container of blue filler and magnetic letters.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Give students a "sound" to fish for to work on phonemic awareness. For example, "James, you are going to catch a letter that makes the "L" sound." Have student say and then form the letter with the pipe cleaner to use as bait.
• Support: Have students use a big paper clip or a pipe cleaner hook on a string to catch a letter. Then have them match it to the same letter on a name sample for example.

## Review

### Assessment (5 minutes)

• Check student's alphabet boards for correctness.
• Wander as your students are working to watch as they match their bait and fish. Note students who are unable to complete the task.

### Review and Closing (5 minutes)

• Tell the students that they did a great job at noting the features of print letters today.
• Have students share their favorite part of today's activity.