I made this activity because I have many students working on categories! I wanted a new engaging activity to target this skill. This activity would go great with any food themes! Kids love fishing so this activity is sure to get their attention! I used easily recognizable and functional vocabulary in this activity! The students will catch fish out a fishing pond and then sort them into category buckets! There are also 2 types of card decks included for more practice! Finish the lesson with a fun craft activity (two types included) and send home one of the worksheets for homework!
I made this for speech therapy but you could also use it in prek/k or in special education classrooms!
It now includes full page boards and half page boards (the full page boards have bigger fish manipulatives for students who need that). I also included easy cut fish to use as a lower prep option (no velcro needed)
What is included in this download:
10 Fish Bucket Boards and fish (5 fish per board).
Easy cut fish (low prep option)
1 Fishing Pond Board
1 Set of Name the Category Cards (27 cards)
1 Set of Name Items in a Category Cards (27 cards)
2 Color/Craft Pages (Color-A-Fish and Design-A-Fish)
4 Fishy Go-Together Worksheets
4 Category Matching Worksheets
Additional Materials suggested: Magnetic Fishing Rod Toy (you can make on by using a pencil or a dowel rod and attaching a string with a magnet on the end).
Metal Paper clips (to attach to the fish).
Fish Bucket Boards: Place the target fish (you can decide how many categories to target at once) in the fishing pond. Have the student catch a fish with a magnet pole and then sort it into the correct Fish Bucket. You can also increase the level of difficulty by putting more fish choices in the pond at a at at time. If you don’t want to use a fishing pole you can also use a magnet rod or just have the students pick the fish up out of pond. Use the easy cut (cards) fish if you do not want to assemble the boards with velcro, the student will place the fish on the bucket.
Card Decks: The Name the Category cards require the student to look at the pictures and tell you the category. The Name Items in a Category cards require the student to name 3 objects in the category listed (I put three fish on these cards to cue them to name all 3).
Color/Design a fish. Have your student color a fish at the end of the activity for a fun wrap up of the lesson. You could also make this a following directions or color identification activity too! The Design-A-Fish page is an open canvas for the student to draw, paint, or glue fun things to! Have fun with it! You can put your students’ creations up in the hall or around your room!
Fishy-Together Worksheets: These are a great way to reinforce the concept! The student has to draw a line from the category to the 2 objects that go with it. These are great to send home as homework!
Fish Bucket Category Matching: The student has to draw lines to match the category with its objects. These are great to send home as homework too!
I have two other category activities available:
Pizza Categories Activity Available Click Here
Cookie Jar Categories Click Here
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