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Improving Math & Science Learning:
Something Fishy

Something Fishy

Lesson 1

Launching the Fish Study - Observation

Projected Time Required 

One Period

Objectives

  • Students learn to observe.
  • Students learn to take notice of the particular physical characteristics of fish.
  • Students learn to articulate their observations.
  • Students learn to express their curiosity by asking relevant questions.

Materials
  • A picture book: Fish Faces by David Wu
  • Four fish in separate bowls
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Observation sheets (one per student)
  • A computer
  • Kid Pix computer software 

Procedure
  • The teacher introduces the topic by reading Fish Faces to the children.
  • The teacher induces class discussions on what fish look like.
  • The students work in small groups with magnifying glasses to observe the fish. 
  • Based on their observations, the students draw pictures of fish on their observation sheets.
  • The students write down their questions on their sheets.
  • The students are introduced to Kid Pix software.

Assessment

  • Students will be motivated to conduct observation.
  • Students will articulate their observations.
  • Students will describe the physical characteristics of the fish they observe.
  • Students will be curious and want to learn more about fish.
  • Students will work with Kid Pix.



Author
Chrissy Koukiotis,
Teacher, PS1M, 
New York City Public Schools

Collaborator
Kathy Huey
Community School District Two Technology Staff Developer

Subjects
reading, social studies, technology

Class periods to complete: 12-14


Beginning Grade Level: 1
Ending Grade 
Level: 2

 

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