Thursday, July 14, 2011

What are Fish?

  • Are vertebrates
  • Most are cold-blooded
  • Live in water
  • Have fins (to move)
  • Breathe through gills 


  • Have the students brainstorm any characteristics of fishes that they already know. (See list above.) 

  • Share the above list. (Older students can record this list in their science notebooks.)    

  • Have students brainstorm a list of animals that fit these characteristics.  
           sting ray {flatfish}
           seahorse {small fish}

    • Begin a class chart with the students' list of  fish. (Add to the chart daily.) Older students can record in their science notebooks. 

    • Read a book to students about fish or have older students read books individually or with a partner.

    Suggested Books

    Fish is Fish

    What's It Like to Be a Fish? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

    in the swim

    Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

    1000 Photos of Aquarium Fish (1000 Photos Series)

    Barrons Books Tropical Freshwater Aquarium Fish from A to Z

    • After reading have students share any new or interesting information that they read about.

    Additional Activities

    • Have the kids create a fun Arts and Crafts Fish Activity.
                 ~ Give older children a selection of arts and crafts materials and have
                    them use their knowledge of fish and their imaginations to create
                    a fish (real or imaginary) or an underwater scene.

                ~ Younger students could use stencils to create fish and underwater scenes.

    Set of 4 Plastic Stencils: Ocean Sea Creatures, Fish, Birds, Safari Wild Animals - Kids Drawing Templates

    • Have students observe fish in a tank at home, at school, at a pet store, or an aquarium. 
                     ~ Have students use a hand lens/magnifier if available. They should choose 1
                        particular fish to observe then draw a sketch of the fish in their science

    Observe how frequently the fish opens its mouth.
    Observe the flaps on each side of the fish's head behind its eyes.
    Observe how the flaps open and close.

    Observe the placement of the fish's eyes. Are the eyes on the front or sides of its head?
    How many fins does the fish have?
    Does it have a tail fin?
    Does the fish have scales?



    1. I LOVE your blog. I just found it through the Thursday hop and can't wait to try some of these activities with my daughter. I used to teach 7th grade reading and English, and was having trouble coming up with ideas for my 4 1/2 year old. Thank you for sharing!

    2. great blog with interesting content and info.

      visiting ang following though thursday hop.
      i hope you can stop by and say hi!

      have a great rest of your day!

    3. Just popping in to say Hello and thanks again for the amazing resources you give us!

      jenny at dapperhouse

    4. visiting from Alexa hop, your blog is a great resource for parents.



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