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Activity: Draw a Fish



  • Fish form handout
  • Three writing utensils, each with a different color


The blank fish form (Fig. 3.6) is missing external anatomy. 
  1. Choose a type of fish. Think of its shape in your mind, and use a pencil to draw on the fish form to complete the outside of the fish. Alternately, you may draw your fish freeform to have more control over the body shape.
  2. Include all of the external anatomy that you can remember for your type of fish.
  3. If you know the names of the fish parts you drew, label them.
Activity Questions: 
  1. Compare your fish drawing to one of your classmates’ drawing.
    1. Describe three similarities and three differences between the characteristics of your fish drawing and your classmate’s fish form. 
    2. You may choose to modify your initial drawing if you feel that you were missing anything using a second color pencil or pen.
  2. Compare your fish form to a real fish or to a drawing, painting, or photograph of a fish.
    1. Describe three similarities and three differences between your initial fish form and the real fish.
    2. Use this comparison to discover any missing parts on your fish–your fish will not necessarily have all the same parts. 
    3. After comparing the two, you may add to or change parts of your fish form drawing using a third color pencil or pen. 
  3. Referring to Fig. 3.7, label the parts of your fish. Fish are a very diverse group, this fish may have features your fish does not. Your fish may have features Fig. 3.7 does not.


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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.