Ice Fishing

Here are some ideas to help learners be ready to go out ice fishing while using as much language as possible.

Idea using Language Blocks:
  1. Print a copy of the images provided. If you want to differentiate the nouns and verbs you can print then out on different coloured paper. 
  2. If need be, print a copy of the chart below that has a table with what the pictures could be in English – adapt to what makes sense in your language.
  3. Use the language blocks to reinforce the nouns and verbs. 
Ideas for working on Listening and Sequencing: 
  1. Print a copy of the images and hand out several images to each student. If you have a large class, print several copies. 
  2. Tell them that you are going to tell them a short story and they need to hold pictures up when they hear the words in the story.
  3. In your language share a short story about going ice fishing. The following is just a suggestion. Say what makes sense in for your community, but try to use some of the pictures provided.
"I like ice fishing. I go with my Dad. When we go, we need the net, jigger, shovel, chisel and the bucket. We put everything in our box and load it on the sled. We use the skidoo to drive to where we set the net. The next day we go to check the nets. We usually get trout and whitefish. When I’m cold, my Dad gives me hot chocolate. I like ice fishing."
  4. Ask children to swap images and tell the story again, perhaps this time saying different
  5. As students become more comfortable, print a copy of all the images for each learner or
      pair of learners.
  6. Tell a ice fishing story and have them sequence the images as they hear the words. They
      should be able to recognize all the words from the pictures.
Other ideas:
Use the stuffed fish puppets and other puppets to remind them of the language they have used in other stories (moose hunting or rabbit snaring).
Ask students to tell a story about ice fishing. See if they can have a goal of at least 5 complete sentences. Example below is for a Beginner level:
"I set the net with my Dad. We got 2 trout and 5 whitefish. I know how to filet the fish. I like fish soup. Do you?"
Use the plastic fish, the puppets, the fish book (numeracy) and sing songs or play "When I go fishing I need…" games. Don’t forget about the food cards and play "Go Fish."
Ice Fishing Images drawn by Kerry Wheler

Language Blocks

Microsoft Word - Rabbit Snaring nouns an

Nouns and Verbs

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