Lesson Plan Title : Fishing for Phonics

Age Range: Kindergarten through Grade 2 (Elementary Level)

Overview and Purpose : The game in the following lesson is a lot of fun and a long-time favorite with kids. It's a great motivator for students to learn phonics sounds.

Objective: The student will be able to name a word that has the sound on the card he catches when he goes fishing.


Cards with different phonics sounds written on them


Yardstick or thin branch



Bucket or small blow-up pool


Ahead of time put a paperclip on each card and make a fishing pole with the yardstick, string, and magnet. Place the cards face down in the pool. Have students take turns fishing for cards by trying to set the magnet on the paperclip of a card. When they 'catch' a card, they have to name a word that has that vowel sound. The game continues until all the students have had a turn.


To give students some added incentive: As each student finishes his or her turn, you could let them "fish" for a treat by dipping their hand into a pre-filled container with a hole in the top. For example, cover a large coffee can with gift wrap, cut a hole in the lid, fill it with individually wrapped gummy worms, and label it "Fish Food''.