One Fish, Two Fish

  • Kindergarten, First Grade
  • Math, Reading
  • 110 minutes
  • no ratings yet
October 19, 2015
by Natalie Chari

This wacky lesson combines math and reading practice with a Dr. Seuss classic and some fun online games.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to add and subtract single and double digit numbers.

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Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell the class that today, you're going to read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
  • Encourage students to read along if they can.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Read the story to the class.
  • If possible, have the students take turn reading parts of the story as opposed to the teacher being the reader. This is a good way to practice reading skills.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Ask the students what kinds of fish they know or have seen.
  • Ask them to describe them.

Independent Working Time (40 minutes)

  • Ask the students to draw their own fish based on the ones in the book. The wackier and crazier the fish, the better!
  • If the students are able to write sentences about their drawings, let them do so.
  • Have them share their fish creations to the class.
  • Let the students play Terrific Tens Go Fish once they're done.



  • Enrichment: Students above level can play Terrific Tens Go Fish in small groups.
  • Support: Students below level can play Terrific Tens Go Fish with your guidance.


Assessment (20 minutes)

  • You can test your students by giving them simple math problems on the board.
  • You can also let them play Fish Bowl Addition.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Talk about One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Ask the students for their opinions on the book.
  • Talk about the math games you've played (Terrific Tens Go Fish and Fish Bowl Addition). Ask the students what they liked or didn't like about the games.

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