Thursday, June 9, 2011

f is for fish- books + activities

image source: Etsy

 Ten Little Fish by Audrey and Bruce Wood

This is a simple little countdown book in which ten little fish are swimming in a line- one swims away and then there were nine. The book continues until there is one lonely fish and then there's a  sweet surprise ending!. The brightly colored digital artwork attracted Jonathan's attention and he had fun practicing counting with these fish. Cute read!

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Oh how Jonathan loved this book! It's a silly story about a pouty fish whose face is in a perpetual pout. One by one his friends try to cheer him up but he just  keeps resigning himself that he's born with a gloomy attitude. The refrain is snappy and catchy and always made Jonathan giggle. Jonathan grinned even more when he saw what finally turned this fish's frown upside down! This story has a great message too.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

This is a Caldecott Honor book about a little black fish named Swimmy whose quick swimming saves him when a big fish swallows the rest of his family. The little fish explores the big ocean by himself until he finds a school of fish hiding from the big fish. He comes up with a creative idea to allow the fish to swim freely. Lionni's watercolor artwork is breath-taking and well deserving of the honor medal it received. Jonathan was really drawn to this book and enjoyed pointing out Swimmy on each page.

How Many Fish? by Caron Lee Cohen

This is an easy reader about a school of fish and some children playing in a bay. The rhyming text features a little fish who lost its way. The story is simple, but Jonathan seemed to enjoy it. He liked counting the fish as well as the feet of the children. It probably would not hold the attention of older children.


We made a fish using a printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Jonathan did all the glueing and placement himself- he was so proud!

We tried to play Go Fish! It really wasn't Go Fish- we just matched our Go Fish cards. Jonathan is really into matching lately.

We played with our peg boards, one of which is shaped like a fish:

And we played with our fishing game that I found at Target:

I'm linking this post up to Read Explore Learn @ JDaniel4's Mom

Web Resources 

F is for fish @ Confessions of a Homeschooler
F is for fish @ First School


Elle Belles Bows said...

Lots of great activities!

Great time of year to work on fish.

The Pout Pout Fish is a huge hit in our house too. BLUB BLUB BLUB :-)


Bluerose said...

Those books look cute! Especially the Pout Pout Fish! I'll see if I can't find that one at the library. :)

Debbie Diesen said...

What fun fish activities! And I'm so glad your son enjoyed The Pout-Pout Fish.

Best Fishes,
Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

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