Monday, July 25, 2011

Fish with Scales Craft Activity

Most fish, but not all, have scales (plastic-like flakes) that cover their skin.

  • Scales vary in shape, size and structure. 
  • Scales provide protection to fish.
  • Large scales provide more protection to a fish but restrict the movement of a fish

  • construction paper
  • marker
  • scissors
  • glue
  • googley eye (optional)

close-up of scales

  • Fold a piece of paper down the middle (horizontally).
  • Draw the top half of a fish.
  • Cut out your fish.
  • Cut some strips of construction paper (approx 1 inch thick).
  • Use the scissors to cut curves on one side of the paper strips. These will be the scales.
  • Glue the scales onto your fish by overlapping the strips of paper. Do not use glue on the curved ends to give a 3D effect.
  • Add a googley eye or draw an eye with a marker.
  • Continue to decorate your fish if desired.

Extension: Students can sketch a fish and label the differents structures (parts) of a fish (scales, fins, gills, eyes, mouth) and explain the function of each structure.

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  1. Cute idea. Following you from Tuesday's hop.
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  2. My son would love this! New follower...would love for you to follow back :)

  3. oh,I like the scales! so fun that they pop out like that! :)

    thanks for linking up your idea to the Sunday Showcase! Can't wai to see what you will share this week! See you Sunday! :)




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