Is it a Fish?

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This activity is on page 8 of the pdf, part of the Sea Life Discovery Box. This is an activity exploring the characteristics of fish. Learners are asked if they have seen a fish and what elements they saw that let them know it was a fish. A song about fish may be sung, engaging young learners. Pictures and a book about fish are viewed and important elements that fish have are noted: "tail fin," "dorsal fin," "pectoral fins," "pelvic fins." A clownfish puppet is shown and learners identify its fish characteristics.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • What’s It Like to Be a Fish? book by Wendy Pfeffer
  • Clownfish puppet


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Literature
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Designed specifically for

  • Low literacy level


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Access Rights:

  • Free access