Monday, 5 September 2016

Fish unit activities

Last month, I put together a Fish themed unit for Y. We really had fun working on spelling, writing, colours, and more! The printables I created have a lot of fun activities you can create. With attractive, bright colours, your kids will love these! 

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Y has been so into writing after our Letter of the Week series! Recently (well a few weeks ago, but I'm just behind), I set up several activities to focus on practicing writing and letter sounds for him! This was great review for us and he absolutely loved working with our colorful Fish theme! 

Colors Activity


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Presentation 

When presenting works like this that contain several types of small pieces, I always like to make sure that I can contain the individual pieces and prevent them from moving around the tray. 

Tip: For younger children, you can add velcro dots to the fish and missing part of the fish! 

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Y already knows his colours, so we used this work mainly to practice colors in English. I also made this printable available in Russian and we used the Russian labels to practice recognising the beginning letters in each word. 

Tip: I added a control of error to the colour names in this set - the colour word is written in the colour it is to be matched to. This is intended to help children that cannot read yet complete this work. 

Y also enjoyed reading his Fish Colours Book



I made several colour cards that you can bind to make a book. Alternatively, you can have your child match objects of the same color to the cards (such as pom poms). 


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Y had a period where he was very interested in colouring. I created these fish cards that children could colour! Colouring is a fabulous prewriting exercise, helps to promote proper pencil grasp and strengthens hand muscles.

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Spelling practice



Presentation 

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Y really enjoyed this one! Again, I had it for him in Russian, and added velcro to this set because of the small pieces. 

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Writing practice


This set of printables focuses heavily on writing. I used the D'nealian cursive font on all cards that included writing. 

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Presentation

When presenting these works, I included the same types of objects on the tray: 
  • Dry erase marker
  • Sponge 
  • Laminated tracing cards

Again, I like to make sure each object is contained on its own in a bowl, tray, etc. This gives a neat, logical appearance to the tray and work. 

Finishing the works 

There is also a very important step in presenting trays and works neatly. The idea is also to encourage your child to complete a very important final step of each work - to clean it up. Each work should be arranged as found for someone else to do or for use at a later time. Also, this step encourages respect for the materials

A closer look at the cards 

I included cards for the all of the letters of the word fish. They can be used to spell the word or practice writing the individual letters. These cards can also be used alongside a sand writing tray and/or sandpaper letters

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Writing the word 'fish'

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Y really, really enjoyed this one! Even though he also liked writing the individual letters, I think there was definitely something special about being able to write an entire word on his own! He was so proud! Again, this one I also made in Russian for him. 

Writing words 

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This is of course a more complicated writing work that you can use to practice writing complete words. 

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Math 


We did not include a heavy focus on math in this set of works. As I said, I really wanted to provide Y with opportunities to practice writing like he had asked. 

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I did try to sneak in a patterning work, but Y was so excited about the others, I have to admit, he wasn't as drawn to it. We'll come back to it another time. If your child does not choose a particular work, please do not force them to complete it. Simply put it away, and come back to it another time. 

Your child may not be ready for it, may not be interested in it at the moment, or may be far more interested in other activities during their sensitive period. You can read more about what to do if your child isn't interested in the activities you present in more detail!  

FISH UNIT PRINTABLES


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