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The volume of a fish tank is a rather important measure when it comes to building an aquarium for different species of fish. In this problem, your kids look at how many different ways they can make a fish tank of a specific volume, then they think about what different dimensions mean from a practical point of view. A good exercise in volume and finding factors.
In this counting worksheet, students examine pictures of animals that live in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They describe the animals by telling how many of a specified characteristic they have. Example: A sea otter has one tail.
Students create a crayon resist drawing as a literature response. In this literature response and art lesson, students listen to the book, Rainbow Fish, noting all of the colorful fish. They use wax crayons to draw a picture of a fish and paint over the picture with watered down tempera paint to create an aquarium scene.
Students make an aquarium for fish out of construction paper. They count the number of fish in their aquarium, as well as, recognize the colors of their fish.
Fourth graders demonstrate and understanding of tide pool animals. They produce artwork and paragraphs using computer technology.
Students discuss which elements in the world would make the best sun-catchers. Using a worksheet, they cut out and color the plants and animals that could be placed in the aquarium. They use cellophane and place their aquarium under a window to catch the sun.
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of questions about freshwater aquarium fish. Page has a link to submit answers for correction.
Students discover the importance and how to change the water in an aquarium. As a class, they review the types of impurities that are found in water and discuss how to keep the tank as clean as possible. They develop a water change chart and share the responsibilities.
Pupils review the Bill of Rights on Aquademics and list the rights that are guaranteed to United States citizens. In groups, they role play the role of important leaders whose rules would make a difference for the lives of fish in generations to come. They are to brainstorm and record all rights that should be guaranteed to fish and prioritize them. They are allowed to make amendments throughout the year.
Students turn their classroom into a giant aquarium. They work together to decorate the bullentin boards, windows, desks and computers into an aquarium setting. They dress in fish costumes to go along with the theme, while focusing on the student's essays or stories as parents visit for Parent-Teacher night.
In this water animals activity, students study the animals that can be found in an aquarium. Students must be able to identify the eight different animals.
Third graders create aquariums or terrariums to explain how creatures depend on living and nonliving things.
Sixth graders use problem solving strategies to determine the amount of gravel needed to fill the bottom of an aquarium that is 50 cm long, 20 cm wide, and 30 cm high. Students use centimeter cubes and brainstorm strategies they might use to find the volume of the space that will be filled by the gravel.
Learners using a Flash unit create a scene for the fish to swim about in. They create a fish using various software tools of their choice. Students then animate the fish across the screen. They develop a background scene, draw a fish and animate it.
Numbers and statistics don't mean nearly as much to middle schoolers as visuals. Create a model of earth's water supply with an aquarium, then follow the directions to remove small portions of the water to represent water in its various places on and around our planet. Learners then add up the percentages of locations of fresh water and discuss the importance of maintaining a clean and accessible supply of drinking water.
Amateurs of alternative energy build a mini parabolic-trough solar energy collector and use it to heat water. Temperature is recorded over a three-minute period and the data is graphed and analyzed. Note that in order to paint aquarium tubing black, you will need paint designed to adhere to plastics.
Students investigate a variety of aquatic animals and utilize a graphic organizer to organize their research. The experience is summarized through the creation of a movie.
New Review Non-Point Source Pollution
Investigate the different types of pollution that storm drain runoff carries into oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams with this class demonstration. Using an aquarium and an assortment of everyday items that contaminants like motor oil, fertilizer, trash, and natural debris, students observe how rain water washes all of those materials into larger bodies of water.
Learners research fish and fish adaptations. They conduct research on two fish, compare/contrast the two fish using a Venn diagram, and create a fish diamante poem.
Second graders correct verb usage in context, fill in the blanks to complete sentences, and use the writing prompt to write about a school trip to an aquarium or a zoo. They write 20 answers.