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Students participate in an activity in which plain and peanut M&M's are used to represent a community of fish. They role-play different scenarios that depict fishing practices by eating or discarding certain M&M's.
Students 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.
Help learners discover methods to estimate animal population. They will participate in a simulation of catching and tagging fish in order to estimate the fish population. They scoop and count goldfish crackers, record data, and use formulas to determine a whole population based on their sample.
Learning to read data tables is an important skill. Use this resource for your third, fourth, or fifth graders. Learners will will study tables of fish collection data to draw conclusions. The data is based on fish environments in the Hudson River estuary. Data tables and worksheets are included.
Focusing on the fish in the Hudson River Estuary, this activity could be used to practice reading, graphing ,and critical-thinking skills. Answering the 6 questions should be interesting for students due to the interesting subject matter.
Information is provided on Gray's Reef, Florida Keys, and Flower Garden Banks marine sanctuaries. Young marine biologists then visit the FishBase and REEF databases to collect fish species information for each location. They then complete a data table comparing the different marine sanctuaries. This a wonderful activity for giving your explorers experience with real databases.
Learners observe swimming and resting patterns of aquarium fish to determine how different parts of the habitat are used. Different pairs of students should compare their results after several days to look for daily patterns.
Ever wonder how scientists track fish underwater? Your class can learn how with this informative activity. First, they will read a paragraph about androgynous fish, tagging, and data analysis. Then, your scientists must answer five short-answer questions. What an interesting topic!
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.
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 plan or a memorable activity on antibodies and antigens. Consider laminating the fish profile cards since you will most certainly want to repeat this lesson plan in years to come.
Sixth graders work together to complete an experiment about the quality of freshwater. In groups, they collect fresh water samples from a variety of sources and test the pH levels. After completing a KWL chart, they test the amout of dissolved oxygen in the samples. To end the lesson plan, they relate this information to the requirements that freshwater fish need to survive.
Students classify deep-sea fish, identify at least three characteristics that are essential to deep sea fish and their survival, name at least two constraints that deep-sea fish must deal with on a daily basis, and create their own deep-sea fish based upon what they have learned and observed.
Students investigate how fish adapt to survive in their habitats. They explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium website, discuss ocean habitat and fish photos, and match descriptions of fish with their photos.
Fourth graders investigate the anatomy of a fish. In this adaptations lesson, 4th graders look at fresh fish and identify their adaptations and decide where they think the fish may live. Students draw and label the fish and its features.
Students explore the concept of fishing as it relates to oceans and how some fishing practices can damage the health of the marine ecosystems. In this lesson on the impact of fishing, students research the many places in the world where fish stocks are in decline. Students discover how the decline of fish stocks has led to an environmental disaster.
Students explore specific adaptations and how they pertain to the survival of the individual and the species. Students design a fish based on certain criteria and determine the type of habitat which would be best suited for their fish's survival. After drawing the fish and its habitat, students exchange habitats with another group and must first decide and then explain if their fish could survive in the new environment.
Students complete various activities to go with the book "Ten Little Fish" by Audrey Wood. They create a graph using fish, write math story problems, construct wave bottles to observe how waves function, and create a colorful paper fish.
In this fishy fish comprehension learning exercise, students read and assess understanding. In this true and false, fill in the blank, short answer, and multiple choice learning exercise, students answer ten question.
Fourth graders investigate fishing and the economical effect it has on New England. In this New England History lesson, 4th graders practice using New England fishing vocabulary and observe paintings and photographs from the area. Students write about the history of fishing in their "schooner" journals.
Students discover the anatomy of a fish by identifying its body parts. In this oceanography lesson, students view a live fish in their classroom and draw a poster of the fish one body part at a time while identifying it. Students attend a field trip to an aquarium and complete an observation worksheet when they return.