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Very young learners explore quantity to 3 and the concept of half. They begin by counting the number of paper fish in a masking tape pond on the floor as the teacher adds one at a time. Teacher demonstrates the concept of half with one paper fish folded in half, and by standing astride a bridge over the pond with 3 children on either side (with half a teacher!). Small groups then work with their own 3 1/2 fish at table ponds where instruction can be modified with extension or reteaching.
Examine the use of exaggeration in narrative writing. Elementary scholars listen to a read aloud of Patricia McKissack's, A Million Fish... More or Less, before defining the word exaggeration. They record the use of exaggeration in the book, and then write a narrative story that uses it.
Seventh graders complete a number average activity using fish. In this number average lesson, 7th graders go fishing and record the amount of fish from the information card at each hole. Students tally and average the numbers. Students find mean, median, mode, and outliers in the data set.
The perfect activity to follow a class field trip to the zoo! Young scientists use photos of different animals to observe their characteristics and sort them into appropriate categories. Learners can come up with all kinds of categories as long as they justify their thinking. informational texts can act as good supplemental materials for this exercise as well as good texts to share with older reading buddies. Finally, learners will create animal classification collages!