Educational Resources

Looking for some new ideas to help incorporate the State-Fish Art Contest into your teaching? Below are ideas, resources and inspiration. Do you already use the State-Fish Art Contest? Feel free to send an e-mail to JLuger@WildlifeForever.org to have your ideas incorporated here!

Fish Art Contest Materials

Fish On! Lesson Plan and Illustrated Fish Guide, Wildlife Forever

Objectives:

Students will:

  • Labels the Parts of a fish and their function
  • Outline a simple aquatic food chain
  • explain characteristics associated with fish adaptation
  • describe specific examples of fish behavior

All About FIsh

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Fish Forms, California Academy of Sciences 

   Objectives:

In the Fish Forms lesson, students will:

  • learn the characteristics of fish.
  • create a three-dimensional sculpture.
  • compare fish to other marine animals.

3rd grade - 5th grade

Aquatic Food Web, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

   Objectives:

In this lesson, students will:

  • Be able to identify 1-3 fish specific to fishing site.
  • Be able to construct an aquatic food web.
  • Be able to explain how humans play a role in the aquatic food web.
  • Be able to identify species as producers, consumers, or decomposers.

Making Waves! Protecting Ontario’s Aquatic Habitats

 Objectives:

In this set of  lessons, students will:

  • Learn about animal adaptations
  • learn about aquatic food chains
  • Learn about the impacts of releasing aquatic pets and plants into waterways
  • discover the impacts of Zebra Mussels in the Great Lakes and Ontario’s waters
  • Learn how the Great Lakes and other waterways are linked

6th grade - 8th grade

Fish Dissection, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

   Objectives:

In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify 3-5 major external anatomical features of a fish.
  • Identify the major internal organs of a fish.
  • Compare and contrast human and fish internal organs, structures, and systems.

Fish Dissection, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

   Objectives:

In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify 3-5 major external anatomical features of a fish.
  • Identify the major internal organs of a fish.
  • Compare and contrast human and fish internal organs, structures, and systems.

Invasive Species: A Biodiversity Challenge, Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program 

   Objectives:

In these lessons, students will gain knowledge by:

  •  Exploring concepts of biodiversity, systems, interactions, sustainability and stewardship;
  •  Determining what an invasive species is and exploring the characteristics of various invading species;
  • Exploring the classification of components of a system and understand the interrelationships within the system;
  • Determining major threats to biodiversity, including the role of humans in introducing invasive species;
  • Participating in environmental stewardship as it relates to invasive species; and
  • Exploring ways to involve their community in invasive species stewardship behaviors.

9th grade - 12th grade

Invasive Investigators, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

   Objectives:

In this lesson, students will:

  • Learn about several of New York states aquatic invasive species and how humans play a role in their introduction

Drawing Guides

Bluegill by Art Projects for Kids

Rainbow Trout by Art for Kids Hub