June 16, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Fishing for Sounds

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s we are going to go fishing for sounds!

Fishing for Sounds is similar to the classic children’s magnetic fishing toy: “fishing rods” with magnets at the end and “fish” with metallic disks. Your child can play this alone or with siblings. For every “fish” caught, a player reads the word on the card. Read the word on the card correctly and the player gets to keep their “catch”. If you’re playing with 2 or more players, the player with the most fish at the end, wins!

My younger students are delighted by this game and repeatedly tell me “I’m so good at this!” One of the other reasons I love this game is that this game not only helps them become better readers but also better writers. The action of “fishing” helps build eye/hand coordination, which in turn helps them with the physical act of writing. Not bad for a simple little toy!

Fishing for Sounds

What you need:
– magnetic wand* or anything with a magnet at the end you can make into a “fishing pole”
– small magnet or magnetic disks*
– skill list (e.g. for children working on cvc; blends – bl, sp, pl; syllable types; etc.)
– index cards, card stock, etc…
– sharpie, markers, etc.

* I use this magnetic wand and disk set as my pole and “bait fish”.

Create the fish by writing a letter/blend/word from your list on to the index cards. Set up a pond area for fishing – a hula hoop, small rug, etc. Place the magnetic disks in the pond – they are your “bait fish”. On top of each “bait fish” place one of the index cards. These are the fish you want to catch!

The object:
The player with the most fish, wins!

Number of Players:
2 – 4 (However, I have played this with one player)

How to play:
Choose a player to go first. When the player “catches” a fish, they must read the word on the fish correctly in order to keep it. If they misread the fish, it goes back into the pond and the next player goes. The player with the most at the end wins!

Don’t limit yourself one word type or pattern!
– use picture cards (i.e images of a bat, car, bike, butterfly etc..) and have your child call out the beginning letter sound, have them tell you which vowel is the word , etc.
– use words that alternate the “Silent e” pattern and matching cvc word (eg. tap and tape – each word gets their own card)
– use multisyllabic words or picture cards, have them tell you how many syllables are in the word
– use syllable types, have them tell you which syllable type is represented on the card (closed, open, silent e, vowel team, r controlled, consonant le)