Lesson Plan:

Fishing For Letters

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August 18, 2015
by Tara Laiosa

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to match uppercase and lowercase letters.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell students that today they will be reviewing uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Show students the paper fish and plastic cup fishbowls.
  • Point out that each fish has an uppercase letter printed on it, and each "fishbowl" has a lowercase letter printed on it.
  • Tell students they will be taking turns using the fishing pole to catch uppercase fish, and then matching the letter on the fish to the correct fishbowl.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Show students the fishing pole. Point out the magnet attached to the bottom.
  • Show students the fish. Point out the paper clip attached to each one.
  • Explain how to use the magnet to catch fish by positioning the pole over the paper clip.
  • Demonstrate how to use the fishing pole.
  • Tell the students that once they've caught a fish, they must call out the name of the letter on the fish before finding its matching fishbowl.
  • Tell the students to pass the fishing pole to the next student in line after they've matched their fish.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Do a practice round. Bring four students to the front of the room and have them pair up.
  • Give each pair one fishing pole.
  • Mix up the paper fish and allow students to "cast" into the pile.
  • Remind students to call out the letter when they catch a fish.
  • Have your volunteers place the fish in the matching "fishbowl."
  • When they've placed their fish correctly, students can pass the fishing pole to their partner.
  • Allow volunteers to complete a couple more letters.
  • Take any questions your students may have.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Divide your class in half.
  • Have the halves line up and give the first person in line the fishing pole.
  • Have students play the game.
  • Assist students when needed.



  • Enrichment: After students have placed all of the fish in the fishbowl, encourage students to arrange the letters in alphabetic order.
  • Support: For students who have not yet mastered all lowercase letters, start with smaller groups of letters (such as A-E). Increase the amount of letters as skills improve.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Assess students on how well they are able to identify and match the letters.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask students what they liked best about this activity.
  • Ask students if they now feel more comfortable identifying matching numbers.

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