It can be hard to get 5 and 6 year olds to work independently during small group reading rotations. I am constantly on the search for centers that will they will be able to complete without assistance and most importantly centers that will keep them engaged while I work with other students during our reading rotations.
I got the idea to create a language arts based ice fishing center when I saw how much my students loved the Winter Lodge Dramatic Play Center. We have been doing a lot of work with CVC words and word families during our small group instruction so I thought it would be the perfect skill to move to their independent centers in the form of ice fishing.
My students are currently focusing on short A word families for their centers since we have already had tons of instruction with the “a” word families. I will switch out the vowels as students become more independent with each vowel.
To make our the center I printed, laminated, and cut out the fish. I then hot glued a small washer to the back of each fish (you can also attach a paper clip to each fish). I opted to write the words on the back of each fish to make the center self checking for students. I also keep each set of vowels bagged separately for organization purposes.
To make the pole I used small craft dowel rods, string and a small magnet. I tied the string to one end of the dowel rod (I also added some hot glue to ensure that the string wouldn’t slip off) and attached a magnet to the opposite end of the string. I made an ice fishing hole by covering an empty tissue box in white paper.
This center has 3 answer recording options: 2 written forms where students will be expected to sound out and write the word, and a sound out and color the word option. This allows me to pick the option that best meets the current needs of my students.
I have included direction pages for the students to minimize interruptions should they forget how to complete the center.