Fish Family Identification

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In this game, students will become familiar with fish shapes, learn that fish within a given taxonomic family have similar body shapes, and discuss how different body shapes enable fish to survive in their environments. This activity enhances learners' abilities at making careful observations about each shape and supports an understanding that there are many different kinds of fish, each adapted to its own environment. This standards-based activity includes wrap-up suggestions and background for educators. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • California Academy of Sciences


  • , California Academy of Sciences, 2008