Go Fish

By Activity Bank on Jan 06, 2014

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Games are a fun way to work on functional skills. This activity works to build students’ sight word vocabulary while they practice turn-taking. Lessons include English Language Arts and Social Skills.


  • Fish-shaped cards
  • Stapler
  • String
  • Stick to be used as a fishing pole
  • Fish tank or bowl
  • Magnet


  • Write and braille words onto fish-shaped cards.
  • Attach staples to the top of each card.
  • Place all of the words into a large fish bowl.
  • Make a fishing pole using a stick and string.
  • Attach a magnet at the end of the string.
  • Students take turns fishing for words.
  • If a student catches a word and can say it and use it in a sentence, he keeps the word.
  • If he is unable to say and use the word in a sentence, he places the card back into the bowl.
  • The next student takes a turn.
  • The student who catches the most “fish” is the winner.


  • This can be played without the fishing pole by having students reach into the bowl and draw a card. Follow the same procedure as above.
  • This game can be played as a math fact review game. Math facts are written on the cards, and students must solve the problems.
  • This game can be used as a reinforcer for matching shapes, upper- and lowercase letters, survival words, colors and textures.