Fish Wheels

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Description

In this activity, learners cut out and assemble wheels to explore how variations in fish body structures (mouth shape/position/teeth, body shape, tail shape, and coloration patterns) allow fish to survive and thrive in their habitats. The instructions include many questions for the facilitating educator to ask, helping the learner connect a fish’s behavior and habitat (especially its movement, what it eats, strategies for defense, and where it lives in the water column).

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: 10 to 30 minutes
  • Learning Time: 10 to 30 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: 1 cent - $1 per group of students
  • Age Range: Ages 4 - adult
  • Resource Type: Activity
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Card stock
  • Brass brads (4/fish wheel)
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Print out of Fish wheels and Fish body (print at 90% size: To do this, go to “Page Setup” under “File” and change the scale to 90%) (from pdf)
  • Print out of Fish Wheels Directions (from pdf)
  • Print out Fish Adaptations Charts (from pdf)
Subjects

Subjects

  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • Asking Questions
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
Other
Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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By

COSEE CA, Lawrence Hall of Science

Rights

All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, ©2009

Funding sources

  • National Science Foundation, NSF OCE-0731338

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