Flipping Fish

Students create fun fish while practicing the geometric concept of reflection.

  • 1.

    Review the transformation concept in math: rotation, reflection, and translation. This lesson plan practices the concept of reflection.

  • 2.

    Use plastic or precut cardboard templates in 3 shapes: a circle, square and triangle.

  • 3.

    Have students trace each shape 3 times.

  • 4.

    Students create fish by flipping a whole shape or a half shape over to form its reflection and create a fish. As students flip forms, discuss how the shape alters the evolving fish. Also encourage a discussion of the attributes of each template.

  • 5.

    Color a design on the fish using Crayola® Crayons and Markers.

  • 6.

    Connect the fish together with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 7.

    For the background, depending on time, students can paint a watercolor background with Crayola Washable Watercolors or use a piece of colored construction paper.

  • 8.

    Attach the flipping fish to the background with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 9.

    If using a watercolor background, cover the work area with recycled newspaper and let dry overnight before attaching the fish to the background.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • MATH: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.


  • Students can use their imagination and depict reflection in an original work of art.
  • Students can practice using other transformation concepts in artwork like rotation and translation.