“Hooray for Fish” by Lucy Cousins is a great book to start this themed unit. It is a picture book filled with wonderful pictures of fish with clever descriptive names such as “hairy fish”, and “twin fin-fin fish”. I would highly recommend this book for any fish unit.
Page 1 – Cover Sheet
Page 2 – Contents and Directions
Page 3-6 – Fish Cards for Compare/Contrast, Describing, and Naming – I first use the cards to compare/contrast, then have students describe the fish and have the other students guess which fish they are describing, and then use the line at the bottom of the card to write a name for the fish. I have the students come up with a descriptive name together.
Page 7 – Design Your Own Fish – the students design their own fish and come up with a descriptive name.
Page 8-9 – Spatial Concept Cards
Page 10-6 – Build A Fishbowl – Use your own skill cards for students to earn parts of a fishbowl.
Page 17 – Roll and Cover – Students use 2 dice to roll, give the required number of responses from your own skill cards, and then cover the number they rolled. You can use chips or, I particularly like to give them goldfish crackers to cover the numbers. If they already have that number covered, play passes to the next player.
Page 18-29 – 4 Sets of “Goin’ Fishin’” games, 1 for antonyms, 1 for synonyms, 1 for multi-meaning words, and 1 for irregular past tense verbs. – The object of the game is to be the first to collect 6 different colored fish. If the student gets a fish that is a color they already have, it goes into the discard pile (they still have to give the answer though). There are spoiler cards where they have to lose a fish or they get to draw 2 extra cards.
Page 30 – Back Cover and Credits