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The download contains printouts to make a fish tank craft / classroom aquarium, worksheet suggestions, clip art for you to tailor these to suit the fish you have. I printed all mine out on large paper to match the size of the real fish tank.
I know this craft looks really simple, but my 4-6 year old ESL students loved it, excitedly running back and forth between our fish tank and their desk to make sure it was all done “just right”. They were so excited after school that I ended up inviting all the parents in to see the fish and to listen to their children tell them all about it. Anyways...
The owner of my school decided it would be a great idea to have a big glass fish tank balanced precariously on a low table for the children to enjoy. Wishing to keep my job I agreed with enthusiasm and much to my dismay the children were delighted.
However, seeing the language possibilities I thought I would channel this enthusiasm into something more constructive than the 5 year old hands playing “grab the fish” games when I wasn’t looking.
I have a class of 4-6 year old mixed language and ability students who all wanted to know what the fish and fish tank accessories were called.
The following was used in class and are now available to you. This activity went so well the school owner decided to get more fish tanks for other classes. The fish on the whole are surviving but the other teachers ignored me for a while.
Print all these out on the same sized paper: It’s all black and white as your students will be coloring these themselves by observing the fish in your class.
• Aquarium tank
• Air pump, with bubbles
• Fish - callicto, guppy, platy and tetra. This page includes spaces for children to try and draw the fish themselves.
You may need to customise these to match the fish you have. I’d recommend getting at least one that looks like Nemo if you can.
Fish Tank Word Game
You can use this as a fun introduction to new vocabulary and is one of those rare games that can be played equally by children of any language ability.
Print one word sheet per student, plus one for yourself.
Chop words into strips (guillotine is fastest but watch your fingers if you had a late night).
Sit with all the children in a circle with the word strips all shuffled in a heap in the centre.
Call out a word eg “Guppy”.
Using chopsticks the children pick up the word strip.
If you don’t have chopsticks then paint brushes or long pencils will sufice.
Once you have played a few rounds ask random students to call out a word.
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