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Students explore biology by reading children's books in class. In this fish identification lesson plan, 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.
A referenced PowerPoint is not included, but this instructional activity can still make an impact with emerging environmentalists. After introducing them to the facts about overfishing, they experiment with a fishing simulation using colored beads and fish-shaped crackers. The instructions suggest talking about buoyancy concepts, which are unrelated to the activity. Leave them out and use this instructional activity when exploring natural resources or human impact on the environment.
Why not get creative and use paper clay to create colorful fish sculptures? All the steps needed to complete this activity are included. Your class will sculpt beautiful fish while exploring color, shape, and creative thinking. Use these fish in an ocean mural, as class decoration, or model them after fish you've read about in class.
Children brainstorm and list pairs of numbers that equal ten. In small groups they play Tens Go Fish, which is like regular Go Fish, except your goal is to make pairs that equal ten. Make math fun with this fishing game! A worksheet is included for individuals to record card values and create addition problems with. You will, however, need to make your own number cards.
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.
Students explore fish anatomy. For this fish anatomy and adaptation lesson, students define and identify the location of fish body parts. Students add these parts of a fish's anatomy to a life-sized fish costume worn by a student. Instructions for making a fish costume and a detailed teacher script is provided.
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.
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.
Ever wonder how scientists track fish underwater? Your class can learn how with this informative instructional 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!
Reading Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor? Jump into the adventure with Ms. Frizzle using this reading activity guide. Learners begin by examining the globe, comparing the area covered by land and ocean. They are guided through this process with mathematical and visual analysis. Next, students complete a lab, examining a real fish and recording their observations. They compare the fish's swimming with that of a human. More ocean-related activities follow!