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Attract a Fish


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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Attract a Fish

This outdoor activity/field trip requires a place where minnows swim, such as a local pond or brook. Learners are challenged to find out how minnows respond to various fishing lures, then design and test the most effective minnow attractor. The instructions offer suggestions for low-tech fishing poles made with thin wire and a twig, bamboo cane, or dowel stick.

Quick Guide


Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 thin stick
  • 1 piece of #32 copper wire
  • 1 data board
  • score sheets
  • marking pen
  • junk box
  • string
  • cotton
  • rubber bands
  • aluminum foil
  • small weights
  • cork
  • shiny materials
  • colored paper
  • small pieces of meat, vegetables and strong-smelling foods
  • 2 rolls of clear tape

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

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  • All Rights Reserved, The Regents of the University of California, ©1981

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