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Fishy Observations


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Fishy Observations

In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will visit a zoo, aquarium, or pet store to view a variety of fish. Learners sketch the different body types as well as observe where each fish spends most of its time in the aquarium and how it swims. Based on this data, learners write a one or two sentence summary of how its body shape helps each fish swim as it does and live where it does. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Rabbits.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • a view of an aquarium with many different kinds of fish
  • a notebook
  • colored pens or pencils

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2006

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 436260

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