Fish CVC Word Clip Cards Free Printable

Get these free, engaging Fish CVC Word Clip Cards to have an easy-to-prep resource to help your students practice CVC words this school year.

Fish CVC word clip cards for kindergarten and first grade literacy centers. Perfect for an ocean theme!

Fish CVC Clip Cards

This free download comes as a PDF file that will include 24 fish-themed clip cards for practicing CVC words. These will make a great literacy center when you are teaching CVC words and decoding skills.

Kindergarteners spend a lot of time practicing CVC words because they are the foundation for reading. CVC words are easy to decode, follow the basic phonetic rules, and are usually included in the child’s vocabulary. Once students master short vowel sounds, they can move on to harder things like long vowels and sight words.

Your students will use their knowledge of letters and sounds as well as word family patterns to practice sounding out CVC words and matching the correct word with the picture on the fish card. The download includes words like map, pen, lip, pot, and sun. There are words with all the short vowels for lots of reading practice.

Fish theme CVC words activity for kids who are learning to read simple CVC words. The fish has the word on it and then students clip one of the three CVC pictures that match the word they read on the fish.

3-Step Prep

This learning activity will be ready in no time with three easy steps! Simply print, cut, laminate; DONE! Don’t spend all your prep time creating CVC word activities when I have you covered.

Gather some clothespins or cute clips, and your students will be ready to practice in no time.

Setting Up the Fish CVC Words Clip Cards

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Supplies Needed:

  • Fish Clip Cards (button to get them at the bottom of this post)
  • Clothespins, clips, or paperclips
  • Scissors


  1. Print the cards. There are 4 cards per page.
  2. Laminate the cards.
  3. Cut the cards apart.
  4. Slide the cards and clothespins or clips into a baggie or tray for easy storage and grab and go access.

Make these self-checking by placing a sticker on the back of the clip card behind the correct answer. Students can clip their choice and then flip the card over to check their answer.

Fish theme CVC word reading activity for your ocean theme literacy centers or small groups in kindergarten and first grade.

How to Play the Fish CVC Game

Students will pick a card and look at the fish with the word printed on them. They will sound out the CVC word and then find the matching picture. They will place a clip on the correct image. Then continue until all the cards have been completed.

Students could use these CVC word fish during language arts time, centers’ time, and so much more. They are perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students to practice sounding out CVC and short vowel words.

To take this a step further, have students read all of the words aloud as they sound them out and then say the word represented in the picture aloud and then in a sentence.

If students have enough clips, they can complete all of the cards and then unclip them. If they only have one clip, they can complete one at a time, unclip, and move on to the next card.

This ocean fish CVC words activity for your reading  or literacy centers.

Lots of Uses

These fish word cards would be so beneficial for multiple levels of readers to make learning fun. Your beginning kids can practice putting sounds together and making sure the words match the pictures—great skills for students learning to read.

While more advanced readers can write their word choices on a recording sheet. By writing their answers, they would be practicing sounding out the word and writing the correct matching letter and letter formations.

Even higher students could be asked to use their words in a sentence or think of rhyming words to match the words on their card.

These CVC clip cards are super versatile and can be used to meet your instructional needs and the needs of your students developmentally. You can incorporate these into whole group lessons, small group lessons, literacy centers, word work, or use them for independent practice, morning work, or reading warm-ups.

Free ocean theme literacy activity for learning to read CVC words.

As you can see, these fish-themed CVC word cards are just what you need to hook your students into reading and decoding CVC words. Plus, increase their fine motor muscles with the use of clothespins in these fun word puzzles!

Click the button below to get the fish CVC clip cards today! Happy learning!

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