Let’s make fish tank is a perfect end of the year or summer activity!
This activity was created to target language goals that relate to following directions, using and identifying positional concepts (in, on, in front, behind, over and under), making requests for items and giving directions.
Included in this pack is a fish bowl, a rectangular fish tank, 4 fish and fish accessories (see photo), sentence strips with object cards and positional word cards, and three worksheets (Let’s make a fish tank -what do we need?, How to set up a fish tank -picture sequencing and Let’s Follow Directions) to complete after the activity or send home for practice.
Please click the "Preview" button to see how the sentence strips and object cards are set up in a file folder.
Activity One: Targeting making requests for items: The students make requests (with the help of the “I want the” sentence strip) for specific items. (I want the fish bowl, I want the blue fish, etc).
Follow up activity 1: Let’s make a fish tank! What do we need? Worksheet. Students cut out and glue pictures of the materials needed to make a fish tank.
Follow up activity 2: How to set up a fish tank picture sequencing worksheet. Students must place 6 picture cards in the correct sequence.
Activity Two: Positional concepts targeted are: in, on, in front, behind, over and under. Print off the following directions sheet. The students are given a fish tank, fish and accessories. Read the instructions to the students. Students follow the directions they are given.
Follow up activity 1: Where is the ______? Ask the student where a specific item is located. Students can answer independently (depending on their ability level) or use the sentence strips provided to facilitate the use of answering in complete sentences.
Follow up activity 2: Let’s Follow Directions Worksheet. Students read each direction and cut and glue each picture according to the directions to set up their fish tanks.
Activity Three: Barrier game (targets giving directions and following directions that include positional concepts listed in Activity Two). Give each student a fish bowl, fish and accessories. Place a file folder or other barrier between the two students so they cannot see each other’s tanks. Every player should have the same set of materials in front of them. The players take turns giving the other players very specific directions (depending on their ability level) on how to arrange the materials in front of them. The goal of the activity is to have the players’ fish scene look exactly the same by the end of the game. Use the sentence strips to support your students’ ability to give instructions.
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