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What do a dead fish, conservation, and paint have in common? The answer is a great lesson about fish anatomy, fun print making techniques, and unsustainable fishing practices. The class will start by making fish prints with a deceased fish and paint, they will discuss the functions of each part of the fish's anatomy as they label their prints. The art experience leads into a class discussion on overfishing, unsustainable fishing methods, and habitat destruction.
I love lessons that incorporate the arts, they're so engaging and address a more diverse set of learners. Your class will investigate the reasons fish from the coal reef have adapted such colorful fins. They design a fish that uses color to either signal something or as camouflage, then they take a trip to the California Academy of Sciences to see real coral fish in action. Upon returning to class, they discuss their observations and then write a clever haiku to accompany their images of fishy adaptation. Note: If you don't live in San Francisco, you can always take a trip to a local tropical fish store to view fish that would live on a coral reef.
Understanding the importance of sustainable fishing practices is fostered through a classroom game. In small groups, the class plays a fishing game where they can see first-hand, the effects of thoughtless fishing practices. After the game, they discuss ways the fishing industry could modify their techniques in order to maintain the current fish populations. 
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you can add art to any activity! While little learners are discovering why fish have specific body parts such as, scales, fins, and gills, they start making three-dimensional fish forms. Children will use clay and a variety of common household items to sculpt their beautiful fish. The fish can act as a starting point for more discussion or can be labeled using pins and card stock. Tip: Making a fish might be difficult for very small children, use a fish cake or cookie mold instead.
By following the accompanying lab sheet, groups work together in a simulation of identifying a faux fish venom and administering the appropriate antidote. They read through five, fish profiles, very professional in appearance. They follow a lab procedure to perform a simulated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA. You will need to purchase an ELISA kit, but the provider's information is included in the materials list. It would be well worth the investment if you are looking for a crime scene type lesson or a memorable activity on antibodies and antigens. Consider laminating the fish profile cards since you will most certainly want to repeat this lesson in years to come.
With a discussion and a brief film, introduce populations. Using paper fish models, your class participates in a simulation in which they survey numbers of fish. As a class, they tally up the different types. The challenge with this lesson is finding the time to cut out a myriad of paper fish. Perhaps a more time-effective way to carry out this population study would be to use a bucket of plastic toy animals or blocks, different-shaped pasta noodles, or construction paper circles (easier to cut out than fish). Count yourself lucky if you have a fish die-cut that you can use!
How much do you know about the black guillemot of the Arctic region? With great background information, images, and a quick discussion, the class will learn all about the plight of the foraging seabird as they play a fun game. First, they discuss what they notice about the bird as they analyze images. Then, they watch a video showing how the bird acts in nature. Finally, the children play a relay-style game where they try to bring as many fish to their nests as they can. Several extension ideas and downloadable PDFs are included.
Thomas needs help with his fish tank! He wants to add a large decoration that will serve as a home for the fish in the tank. The decoration is a right solid cylinder with a hole through the middle in the shape of a right square prism. Thomas wants to make sure that the water in the tank won't overflow when he adds the decoration. Geometers use volume formulas for cylinders and prisms in this real-world problem that requires them to consider different interpretations of how the information is presented. 
Colorful fish photos make this assignment attractive! Youngsters choose a breed of fish from the photo selection, and then compute the appropriate tank size for that breed. They use an expression to solve for the volume of the tank. While this lesson was designed for the Common Core, the facilitator notes do not go into detail about the required expression. Fortunately, one possibility is displayed on the attached worksheet. Make sure to review what an expression is and help the class derive one that is useful for solving the problem.
Build up from the previous activity where your learners charted the population growth and decay of a fish pond with M&Ms®. Have them look at the data from that activity and create a Now-Next, or recursive equations, to predict the next year of change. Great to use as an individual assignment or homework from the prior activity. 
Students investigate the many ecological and economic issues related to over fishing the world's marine resources. Working in committees, students research the related topics of equipment and fishing techniques.
Students conduct background research about a Pacific Rim country to develop a premise for a documentary film about the fate of traditional fishing industries in the area.
This resource is part of a series which expects participants to be familiar with graphing inequalities on a number line. It is a word problem that asks your class to graph a discrete solution set and interpret it in the context of an equation. Hook the fishermen in the room by discussing what equipment is needed for a day-long fishing trip. 
Students participate in a simulation using M&M's that highlights Garrett Hardin's concept of the "tragedy of the commons." They use the activities to study sustainability issues in the fishing industry.
Students complete pre reading, writing, during reading, and interdisciplinary activities for the book Fishing Fun. In this reading lesson plan, students complete journal entries, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
In this fish and wildlife management worksheet, students fill out short answer questions using their workbook about fish and wildlife management in order to get a merit badge. Students complete 8 questions total.
In this fishing worksheet, students fill out short answer questions using their workbook about fishing in order to get a merit badge. Students complete 8 questions total.
Students explore the techniques and basic needs of the fisherman.  In this fishing lesson plan, students view a demonstration of the use of fishing equipment. Students research Iowa farm ponds and design a class mural from their information.  Students go fishing.
Students explore biology by reading children's books in class. In this fish identification lesson, students read the book The Rainbow Fish and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Students identify the shapes of different fish and utilize math skills by completing a fish counting activity.
In this fish anatomy worksheet, students color and label the different parts of the fish. They complete 14 definitions using information from their textbook.

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