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Glow-Fish Under the Sea

Create a tranquil underwater scene filled with fascinating fish that glow in the dark. Combine Crayola® Gel Markers with some imagination!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Find information about fish, their underwater environment, and especially fish that glow in the dark, such as squid and jellyfish. What plants grow in areas where these fish live? What other fish are likely to be there?
    2. On black construction paper, use Crayola Gel Markers to sketch an underwaterscape including various types of fish and plants. Color them in to show their varying hues. Make the colors rich and deep!
    3. Use Crayola Glue Sticks to attach the picture to a larger piece of colored construction paper so it looks matted. Display.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot.

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding word s.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    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; Joy the Jellyfish by Kristen Collier; Jenny Jellyfish: A Tale of Wiggly Jellies by Suzanne Tate; Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job by David Derrick

    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.

    Working individually or in teams of two, students create 3-D models of the sea life with Crayola Model Magic. With recycled materials, student build a sea stage to display their 3-D models of sea life.


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