This fun game takes a little bit of time to set up, but it is well worth the effort! My students (even the middle schoolers) giggled their way through it and actually asked to play it again—first time that’s ever happened with parts of speech! Included are 12 noun fish, 12 verb fish, 12 adjective fish, 8 adverb fish, 8 preposition fish, 5 conjunction fish, and 3 article fish; if you do not wish to practice a particular part of speech, simply do not put it in the pond or have the children say “not a noun” to do simple discrimination.
Get an empty oatmeal or similar container and paint it blue. Then paint fish, seaweed, and other ocean animals and plants around it. Cut a circle in the top of the container large enough to pull the fish out. This is your fishing hole.
You can either create a fishing pole by tying a string and magnet to a stick or just but a children’s magnetic fishing pole at the store.
Print, laminate, and cut out the fish cards and place a paperclip over the mouth before placing them inside the fishing hole.
The first player use the pole to go fishing and pulls out a fish. He then must name the part of speech for the word on the fish. If he is right he keeps the fish and play continues. If he is wrong the fish goes back in the pond and the fishing hole is shook up a bit before the next player takes a turn. Play continues until the hole is fished dry and no fish remain. All players then count their catches and the person with the most fish is the winner.