Fishing for Friends

Fishing for Friends lesson plan

Students hook up with new friends with this fun fishing pond.

  • 1.

    Students make and play a fun game to find out about interests they share with classmates.

  • 2.

    Create a fishing pond. With Crayola® Scissors, widen the opening of a recycled tissue box. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the inside of the box with Crayola Washable Tempera and paintbrushes so it looks like water. Air-dry the paint.

  • 3.

    Cover the box, except for the pond opening, with paper. Attach paper with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue. With a Crayola Gel Marker, color the box to look like grass. Roll out a rope of blue Crayola Model Magic. Glue it around the pond’s edge. Shape Model Magic trees, flowers, vines, and animals that live around ponds. Glue them toy the scene.

  • 4.

    Make the fishing bear. Create a Model Magic bear and glue it to box. Color a craft stick (fishing pole) and attach a piece of string to one end of the pole with glue. Press the fishing pole in the bear's paws. On the other end of the string, glue a hook.

  • 5.

    Create the fish. Next, students draw a fish on construction paper with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Students write their name on one side of the fish. On the other side, students write something about themselves, such as a favorite hobby or sport. Color the fish and then erase parts to show scales, fins, and eyes. Attach fastener tape to the fish and let it swim in the pond. Happy fishing for new friends!


  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Encourage students to create a fishing pond out of a large box. Have student-created fish sized to fit into the large pond. Students write their names and favorites on the back of the fish. Use the large pond to select students for specific tasks, do classroom jobs, answer academic questions, and/or organize teams for a class task.