Lesson Plan:

Fish Bowl Word Families

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August 15, 2015
by Linda F. McGrue

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize similar letter sounds and use them to identify rhyming words.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Tell the students to listen for words that sound alike as you read a book aloud.
  • Read aloud Goodnight Moon.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Tell the students to raise their hands to tell you what words they heard that rhymed.
  • Write the word pairs on the board. Underline the parts that sound alike.
  • Ask the students which part of the words sound alike.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Give examples of word pairs that sound alike. Give examples of some pairs that do not.
  • Tell students to put their thumbs up if think the pairs do sound like, and their thumbs down if they think they don't.
  • Write the word "and" on the board and let the students shout out words that rhyme with it.
  • Write down students' suggestions and underline the portions that rhyme with and, e.g. "hairband." Explain to the students they can make new words by changing the beginning sound, but keeping the end.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Pass out a fish bowl template, fish template, and two sheets of construction paper to each student.
  • Demonstrate for the students how to trace and cut out the bowl.
  • Tell the students to trace five fish and cut them out.
  • Write the ending sounds "all," "ell," and "ill" on the board. Let the students each choose one and write it at the top of their fish bowls.
  • Have them write the letters with a blank in front on each of their fish, e.g. "__ill."
  • Instruct the students to choose letters to make new words on their fish. Remind them that the words must be real.



  • Enrichment: Let advanced make words with long vowel sounds: -ake, -ope, -ile, etc. Allow them to work on the Rhyme Review or More Rows of Rhymes worksheet if they finish assignments early.
  • Support: Let struggling students work together to come up with new words.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Collect the fish bowls. Check to see who was successful and who needs additional assistance.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Reread Goodnight Moon to close the lesson.

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