Classroom Activities and Printable Activity Sheets
Spring 2010 Fish
Supplemental Activities for the Classroom
"If I were a fish…"
Have your students write and illustrate a story about a fish. If they're stuck on how to begin, have them start with, "If I were a fish…" and describe what kind of fish they would be and what their life would be like. Descriptions should include something about how they would move, what their habitat would be like, and what their prey and predators would be.
Visit your local DEC office and pick up a few copies of the New York State Fishing Regulations Guide. Review the booklet with your students, and discuss which regulations would apply to them (or to their parents) when they go fishing. What other information in the guide is useful to anglers? (e.g., fish identification, preventing the spread of invasive species, etc.) Borrow some spincasting rods from your local public library or sportsman's club, and try the Master Casters activity from the back page of this issue of C4K.
Visit a Fish Hatchery
Take your class on a field trip to one of the 12 fish hatcheries operated by DEC. Numerous fish species are reared for stocking into more than 1,200 public waters across the state. All hatcheries are open to the public from spring through fall, and several are open year-round. A map showing where the fish hatcheries are located, a link to frequently asked questions and contact information for individual hatcheries is available at A Look at the DEC Fish Hatcheries .
Fish in the Classroom
Observing fish directly is a great way to learn about them. By keeping fish in the classroom, students learn about their physical features, watch how they move and see water passing into their mouths and out through their gills as the fish breathe. They also learn valuable lessons about caring for animals. The least expensive way to keep fish in the classroom is to have a few goldfish in a fishbowl. Alternately, "Trout in the Classroom"-www.troutintheclassroom.org-is a great way to get students involved in raising fish from eggs for release in local waters. Trout in the Classroom programs begin each September and operate until the fry (young fish) are released the following April.
For teachers who have participated in a Project WILD Aquatic or Project WET workshop, the activities listed below complement the spring 2010 issue of Conservationist for Kids. Visit Workshops for Educators for information about workshops and about how to obtain curriculum and activity guides.
Project WILD Aquatic: Designing a Habitat; Fashion a Fish
Project WET: Water Address
Conservationist for Kids Spring 2010 Teacher Supplement (PDF, 75 KB)