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Catch Those Fish!

Catch those fish before they get away! In this lesson, students will be challenged to order and count the total number of fish. This lesson focuses on the crucial skills of ordering numbers and recognizing one-to-one correspondence.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Monkey Counting pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Monkey Counting pre-lesson.
  • Students will be able to correctly order numbers and demonstrate an understanding of correct one-to-one correspondence between numbers and objects.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
  • Tell your students that they have the challenge of counting fish and keeping numbers in the correct order!
(5 minutes)
  • Model the process of ordering numbers and placing one number with each fish, moving the sticks and writing the correct number below. Use the teacher manipulatives you have to give students a visual of ordering numbers and one-to-one correspondence.
  • Emphasize that each fish should have only one number.
(5 minutes)
  • Distribute one sandwich bag, filled with the counting manipulatives, to each student or pair of students if you want the students to work in pairs.
  • Tell your students that you would like them to put their numbers in order and match the fish with the numbers when you call a certain number out.
  • Ask your students to use wooden sticks to represent each number called out. Have them match it with a written a number.
  • Call out several numbers, and have your students practice ordering the numbers correctly and corresponding each number with the fish.
  • Scan the room after each number to check for accuracy. For example, call out the number three, and have the students work on making the number three with their fish, wooden sticks, and showing the correct number card.
(10 minutes)
  • Since this lesson primarily teaches one-to-one correspondence between an object through correct ordering, provide the students with a visual with the numbers written in order on the board.
  • Have the students complete the Fish in the Pond worksheet, cutting and gluing the fish to match the number designated on each pond.
  • Direct your students to complete ponds 1, 2, and 4, labeling each fish and drawing a line between each fish and the number.
  • Have your students complete the 9 pond as a challenge question.


  • Modify the Fish in a Pond worksheet for students who have difficulty placing the correct number of fish in each pond. Reduce the number of fish in the pond or allow students to complete the worksheet orally with the teacher.


  • Challenge your students to create their own fish on a piece of paper. Direct your students to draw their own fish and match those fish with a corresponding number, drawing a line between the fish and the number. Students can work together to make a paper slide video with their products.
  • As an extension, have the students create a paper slide video with different numbers of fish represented.
(5 minutes)
  • Give your students an index card assessment using a specified number of fish.
  • Have your students write the numbers in the correct order and then draw a line between each fish and the total number represented.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that they can count fish and many other things!

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