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In this science and language arts activity, learners study fish anatomy and make their very own 3D paper fish. Learners write stories about their fish, answering questions such as 'Where does your fish live?' and 'How does it protect itself from danger?' The activity guide includes 5 pages of templates of different types of fish bodies and fins. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tape or glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Fish Parts templates (pp 5-9 of pdf) printed on cardstock
  • Parts of a Fish worksheet (page 4 of pdf)
  • Writing paper
  • Fish storybook (recommended: Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale, or The Pout-Pout Fish by Dan Hanna)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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