Students will discuss features that determine a fish and classify a range of marine organisms.
The Lesson: What’s a Fish? would be a good introduction to precede this lesson.
Background information about fish anatomy can be found in the Fact Sheet: Fish Anatomy.
Students will require a copy of Student Worksheet: Is it really a fish? (Year 1)
Ayling, T. & Parish, S. 2009 A Wild Australia Guide: Marine Life. Steve Parish Publishing, Queensland.
Ayling, T. & Parish, S. 2008 Amazing Facts about Australian Marine Life. Steve Parish Publishing, Queensland.
Department of Fisheries, Beachcombers Education Kit, http://beachcombers-kit.fish.wa.gov.au/
Parish, S. 2008 Amazing Facts about Australian Marine Fishes. Steve Parish Publishing, Queensland.
Western Australian curriculum
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- Recall any prior learning about biological classification, in particular of fish (bony, cartilaginous, jawless fishes).
- Brainstorm creatures that have the word ‘fish’ in their name, e.g. cuttlefish, jellyfish. Discuss whether all of these are actually fish and why or why not?
- Distribute Student Worksheet: Is it really a fish? (Year 1) and allow students time to attempt.
- Discuss student answers.