Glittery Shell Fish

Glittery Shell Fish lesson plan

Compare and contrast various forms of ocean life, identify shellfish by their shell characteristics, and create ocean scenes inside shells.

  • 1.

    Find information about fish and shellfish that live in salt water. Find similarities and differences in the two creatures' physical characteristics, habitats, and lives. Look closely at real shells. Identify the names of several different types of seashells.

  • 2.

    Find clam or scallop shells that are white inside. You might search for them on a nearby beach, or ask friends and relatives whether they have some left from their vacations. Clean the shells so they are clear of debris and sand. Dry.

  • 3.

    Create miniature ocean paintings inside the shells using Crayola® Gel Markers. Fish, crabs, water, palm trees, swimmers, or a sailboat on the water are just a few examples of scenes you could use.

  • 4.

    Add sparkly highlights to your waves or fish scales, for example, with Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.

Standards

  • LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • LA: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Identify the evidence that supports particular points in an explanation.
  • SCI: Compare and/or combine across complex texts and/or other reliable media to acquire appropriate scientific and/or technical information.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Sea Creatures by Jinny Johnson; Ocean Life From A to Z Book and DVD by Cynthia Stierle & Annie Crawley; Eye Wonder: Ocean by Sue Thornton & Mary Ling
  • Research into ocean life for shell fish can be done in small groups. Prior to completing their artwork, students organize their investigation into a summary paragraph. This should accompany the display of their artwork. Students may also be challenged to compose an original story with their shell fish as the main character.
  • Organize a field trip to a local aquarium so that students may view the man-made environments in which fish live, as well as the great variety of sea life. After the visit, students select one aspect of sea live to sketch using Crayola Colored Pencils. Accompanying their sketch is a one-to-two sentence explanation of the scene.