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A Fish in Water
Lesson Objective
A goldfish teaches responsible pet care and helps the student understand how animal need clean water to live.
Background Information for Teacher
Informative video on caring for a fish for the instructor
Student Prior Knowledge
Fish Out of Water
, P. D. Eastman (Step 2)
Bowl or aquarium with live goldfish
Small net

Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Show the student the fishbowl or aquarium with the live goldfish. Have the student discuss what the fish will need to live
(food, DeChlor, clean water, net to catch them and a jar to put them in when changing water). Tell why each item is
needed and identify safety factors concerning fish. Explain that the fish will be in the home and the student will be feeding
the fish. Show the student how much to feed the fish (a pinch) and explain that more or less food would not be good for
the fish.
Watch video or read Fish Out of Water
by P. D. Eastman.
Discuss factors which made the fish in the story sick; i.e., too much food, not enough water, no water. Have the student
discern fact from fiction by comparing the fish in the story with the real fish in the classroom. Ask, "What would happen if
someone dumped all the fish food in our fishbowl?" Let the student respond. Make sure he/she understands that the
whole container dumped in would not make the fish grow faster, but would make the water polluted. The fish could get
sick and even die. Explain that food is not the only thing that helps fish grow. Good, clean, healthy water is needed for
Assign the student the responsibility for feeding the fish and observing special needs like water changes, food
adjustments, moving out of the sun, etc. Tell the student the fish water can only be changed with adult supervision to
assure fish safety. Compare water pollution in the fishbowl (cloudy, smelly water with food and waste products floating in
it) to possible environmental pollution in streams and lakes. Ask, "How do our lakes and streams become polluted?" Give
the student situations, such as picnickers on a beach or fisherman drinking pop or other beverages while fishing. Ask,
"What would happen if they do not dispose of trash properly?"
This is an ongoing lesson so request monthly reports from the student regarding the wellbeing of the fish.

Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheet for extra practice
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Way Down Deep (offline) song
Here is a song to help kids remember information about fish.
“Way Down Deep” Sung to “The Wheels on the Bus”
Fish use fins to get around, get around, get around Fish use fins to get around, way deep down
They breathe with gills under the sea, under the sea, under the sea They breathe with gills under the sea, way deep down
Bubbles from their mouths go blub, blub, blub, blub, blub, blub Bubbles from their mouths go blub, blub, blub, way deep
Find them hiding in a cave, in a cave, in a cave Find them hiding in a cave, way deep down All the kids are excited to
see, excited to see, excited to see All the kids in the class are excited to see our friend ( Name your Fish)!