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Improving Math & Science Learning:
Something Fishy

Something Fishy

Lesson 2

Examining the Physical Characteristics of Fish

Projected Time Required 

Two Sessions

Objectives

The students will learn words relating to the physical characteristics of fish.

Materials

  • Goldfish by Beverly Randell
  • Fish cutouts for the whole class (from a calendar found in a local pet store)
  • Glue
  • Large blue paper for murals
  • A computer
  • Kid Pix and Grolier computer software 

Procedure
  • The teacher reads Goldfish to the children.
  • The teacher introduces vocabulary relating to fish: scales, gills, tail, etc.
  • The teacher uses a multimedia projector to show pictures from the Grolier that indicate fish body parts.
  • The teacher leads a class discussion about the physical characteristics of goldfish.
  • The children participate in the class discussion using their observations and newly learned vocabulary.
  • The students are taught in small groups how to use Kid Pix Draw.
  • Working alone or with a partner, the students choose a fish cutout and label the body parts using newly learned vocabulary.
  • The students glue the labeled fish cutouts onto the blue paper.
  • The students take turns using Kid Pix to draw a fish based on their own drawings from the last session.

Assessment
  • Students will know where the scales, fins, and gills are on a fish's body.
  • Students will be able to label fish body parts correctly.
  • Students will develop a beginning level of skill using the computer.

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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