Fishing For Words
Kids will love fishing for words that will help them to build sentences. Nouns, verbs, and other sentence elements are integral in language development.
- Boxes or buckets
- Sticks or thin wooden or plastic dowels
- Colored cardstock paper
- Black Marker
Make your fishing rods:
Tie the yarn 2 to 3 feet long to the stick.
Attach 2 or 3 fridge magnets to the other end of the string using glue or tape.
Make your paper fish:
Cut the fish out of colored paper after tracing or drawing.
Write a noun, verb, conjunction, or punctuation mark on each cared using a Sharpie or permanent marker.
Attach 1 or 2 paperclips to the mouth of the fish with tape or by punching a hold through it and tying the string.
Test the # of magnets on the fishing rod and # of paperclips on the fish prior to class to make sure students can easily catch the fish.
Set up your fishing stations:
Set up three fishing stations using the boxes or buckets (one for each). Each group of fish words should have one bucket; one that contains fish noun words, fish verb words, fish with small words (articles and conjunctions), and fish with a period, exclamation point, and question mark written on them. The fish can be laminated to make them more sturdy.
The students will go fishing. The teacher will have them catch three fish each from the three different stations. After all three fish are caught, the students will try to make a sentence out of the three words. The teacher will hand students a fish with a punctuation mark to take back to their desk with them and create their sentence.
Optional: If this activity is a bit too hard, just have them fish for one word, say the word, and try to use it in a sentence.