Live fish observation

Watch live fish. Notice all their fins and how they use them to move.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Lessons activity is in
  • fish tank (with heater and bubbler if required), or use available tank
  • pencil and paper

Ask students to watch the fish closely, and count all their fins. They have more than expected - there are often several underneath as well as the more obvious tail and dorsal fins.
If students are to draw the fish, it will help them find all the fins.

Notice how the fish, with just a twitch of one fin or other, is able to manoeuvre precisely.

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2