The lesson introduces students to fish including their characteristics, and including features used to classify fish. The three classes of fish are defined: bony, jawless and cartilaginous. Additional characteristics of fish including fins, gills, and scales among others, are also discussed. Examples of several different kinds of fish are listed with descriptions and illustrations. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other animal-related lessons.
- Ask students: What makes a fish a fish? What is different about a fish compared to birds, dogs, insects or other living organisms?
- Allow for responses and discussion. List some of the characteristics correctly named by the students. Ask students if all fish have the same characteristics or do they all look alike. Ask why or why not.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Fish to the class.
- Distribute Fish content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Distribute supplies. Remind students the facts may include just a few words as shown by the examples, not long sentences. Allow students sufficient time to complete the activity.
- Once completed, students share some their facts with the class, reading aloud the “scales” on their fish. If students write an incorrect fact, allow them to replace it with a new scale and fact.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: If you could be magically changed into any fish in the world, what kind of fish would you want to become and why?
- Allow for responses and discussion. In addition, ask students why they would not want to be certain kinds of fish.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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