I grew up in Montana and as such, I learned all about fish at an early age. I learned in school but I also learned a lot when my family would go fishing. I remember when I caught my first fish. It wasn't big or huge, but it was a proud moment for me as I had seen my older brother catch many and wondered when it would be my turn. I was so happy at that time, until I had to handle it. The fish was slimy and it tried to get away so many times. I remember learning when we fished what kind of fish we were catching and which ones were endangered and these were the ones we had to throw back. Sometimes, the great outdoors can be your greatest classroom. If you are wanting to put together a great study unit, here are are some fish study unit resources.
Fish Unit Study Resources
Fish Lesson Plan Ideas
Project Wild has some sample lesson plan activities having to do with aquatics. They also offer classes in every state to learn more as a teacher or parent educator.
A Watershed of Ideas is a great curriculum for teaching about trout and freshwater Eco-systems.
Fish Lapbooks and Printables
Homeschool Share has a good resource page for free printables and lapbooks for fish study units.
This Coldwater Conservation Guide from Trout in the Classroom is awesome! It contains fill-ins, information, worksheets and more.
Fish Crafts, Experiments and Tutorials
Incredible Art Department has a great page on fish art projects you can do for kids k-8. There's paper mache, chalk drawings, and other mediums included.
Fish Videos and Clips
Watch Grow Learn has some fish educational videos on dissecting a fish and more.
On the river section of National Geographic there are some videos on freshwater Eco-systems.
The Brook of Life video on Youtube is a great video showing the spawning, eggs, and life cycle of a brook trout.
Additional Fish Resources
Project Wet is a resources for teachers and parents for educational opportunities about water. These is some information about freshwater fish on the site.
The Fish Channel has a list of all the public aquariums in the United States that are open to visit. Many of them have freshwater fish on display.
The Freshwater Blog is mostly UK based, but still has some helpful general information about freshwater aquatic life.
Books about Fish for Kids
Freshwater Aquaculture by William McLarney
Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes by Lawrence M. Page
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