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The class will make observations to determine how environment has shaped the way particular birds and fish eat. They will view a series of photographs, read two short articles, and then consider how food availability has determined how each bird or fish has evolved in their particular habitat. Included are articles, worksheets, web links, and images for students to explore.
Student explore the natural resources of Buffalo National River. In this natural resources lesson plan ,students discuss the fish and other animals in the Buffalo River. Students discuss what they can do to keep the river clean to keep the wildlife healthy. Students watch a video about rivers and look at pictures of fish.
Tenth graders use a classification key to identify organisms.  In this classification lesson students identify freshwater species of fish and document their observations. 
Learners evaluate biology by identifying fish characteristics. In this salmon lesson, students attend a field trip to a body of water and examine live fish while writing down observations. Learners answer study questions based on salmon and complete biological worksheets.
Inform your class about the adaptations in fish eyes: cones, lens size, endothermy, and speed of vision. The adaptations are related to diving behavior. Junior marine scientists compare the adaptations of four different fish species to their diving behavior and draw conclusions, which are discussed as a class. This fascinating resource can be used in your marine science class, or in a general biology class to teach about adaptations.
High schoolers are exposed to the variety of ways in which scientist use remote sensing and it used in everyday life. They investigate about zooplankton and fish. Students list the two important groups of organisms in both aquatic and marine environments. They conduct research on zooplankton.
Students compare the anatomy of temperature and polar fishes. They explore the adverse effects of cold on metabolism and physiology and discuss how polar fishes adapt to their environments. Comparisons are also made to the DNA sequences of unrelated Arctic and Antarctic fish.
While this lesson focuses on the birds and fish found on the Hudson River, it could be adapted for use in any classroom. Using a vocabulary list, learners explore the meaning of words like adaptation, habitat, barbel, and more. Then, they complete worksheets discussing the characteristics of fish, birds, and food chains.
Go fishing for initial sounds with this engaging phoneme game! Similar to the card game Go Fish, pairs use picture cards and try to match initial sounds. They set aside any pictures that are a match and ask their partner for specific sounds. They may get a match or they may go fishing in the stack of picture cards. There are 36 cards to cut out here, but anticipate a challenge; kids may not know what the intended word is. Consider displaying a chart showing what each picture is depicting.
Young scholars are contacted by a fictitious company which raises tropical fish to do basic research for them so that they might keep their production costs down. They need to know the optimum salinity in which to hatch the brine shrimp that they use for food.
Young scholars observe and study mutations. In this mutations lesson, students work in groups to complete observation tables of various mutations of the zebra fish embryos. Groups give presentations about their observations.
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 lesson! 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 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.
Young scholars research a species of reef fish to determine its habitat requirements as both a juvenile and an adult. They use this information to create a pamphlet in the style of a real estate brochure that describe the habitat and food requirements of a particular reef fish species as adults and as juveniles.
Students study how different types of fish live in different parts of the ocean. They examine how a fish's shape, position and shape of its fins and tail and location of its eyes and mouth are characteristics that help it survive in a specific habitat. They explore how scientists make and record observations. They share their findings.
Students examine some of the different ecosystems that fish live in. While doing this they identify the species of fish and the ecological conditions needed for survival. Students use research resources to make fish cards that have information displayed on them.
Students explore the types of fish caught in the Mid-Atlantic region. In this fishing lesson plan, students learn about fishing methods and meet fishermen that catch the fish. Using the water ways website, students research types of fish, hear about different catching methods, and hear audio clips from some fishermen. Printable worksheets are available on the website.
Students explore body parts of fish and observe the adaptations they have to live in their environment. In this fish adaptations lesson plan, students create their own fish and look at native Arizona fish and what adaptations they contain to survive in the environment given to them.
Students conduct an experiment to demonstrate the effects of different fishing methods.  In this commercial fishing lesson students create posters and public announcements to share their information.

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