Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
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Smithsonian Ocean: Fish Resources
Learn all about fish, seahorses, ells, fisheries, and more on the Smithsonian Ocean Portal. You can find articles, K-12 lesson plans, and explore the Smithsonian’s digital collections and exhibits.
NOAA Fisheries Educational Resources
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries resource page has a comprehensive collection of fish, fishery, and ocean educational resources, including activities, hand outs, fact sheets, lesson plans, presentations, and more.
Lesson: Community Aquarium Ecosystem Setup
A great way to learn about fish and fish ecosystems is by setting up a classroom aquarium. These comprehensive lesson plans from API will teach you how to set up and maintain an aquarium. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the nitrogen cycle, beneficial bacteria, common community fish, and more.
Florida Museum Fish Teaching Resources
The University of Florida Florida Museum has a large collection of lessons, activities, and informational pages for learning about fish, sawfish, sharks, skates & rays, and more. You can find information about fish anatomy, species profiles, and conservation and research projects.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Fish Activities and Lessons
Texas Parks & Wildlife has a large online collection of fish activities, lessons, and other educational resources. Topics include fish anatomy and body shape, fish scales, fish life cycles, fisheries, and more. Its Project Wild (linked at the bottom) has additional resources for learning about fishing, aquatic science, and watersheds.
I Fish NY Lesson Plans
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a large collection of fish lesson plans for grades 3-12. Topics include fish classification, New York fish species, fish dissection, the food web, invasive species, fisheries, and more.
Aquatic Wild Activity Resources
These aquatic activities and resources from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies cover a wealth of aquatic and fish topics. Learn about aquatic habitats, fishing, water pollution, watersheds, wetlands, and more.
North MS Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center in Enid provides an educational and entertaining experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing, encourages the conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources and offers information about the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The site has games, lesson plans, and other resources for learning about fish and native habitats.
Alaska’s Five Species of Pacific Salmon Lifecycle and Identification
At the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website, you can learn the five Pacific salmon species found in the Yukon River drainage: chum, chinook, pink, sockeye, and coho salmon.
Alaska's Wild Salmon Teacher's Guide
A guide from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Includes information about Alaska's salmon species, their habitats, regulations, and more.
Fish of the Great Lakes
The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institutes website has a large collection of fish and fisheries resources and publications you can download for free.
Teaching Great Lakes Science
"Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW) is a comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lessons are geared toward educators who teach upper elementary and middle school students. Each lesson is aligned with national and state curriculum standards.
Science Learning Hub Fish Lesson Plans
The Science Learning Hub | Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao is a publicly-funded educational website for science in New Zealand. You can find tons of articles, diagrams, activities, science projects, interactives, videos, and more on fish and marine ecosystems.
Water on the web - The Food Web
The biological communities within lakes may be organized conceptually into food chains and food webs to help us understand how the ecosystem functions. From Water on the Web.
Fish Crafts and Printables
Enchanted Learning has a large collection of crafts, activities, and printable worksheets and coloring pages for learning about fish.
Fishing Merit Badge Activities
These activities from Boy Scout Trail can be adapted for all ages of prospective students. They will teach students to research, observe, and demonstrate their knowledge of common fishing skills and safety issues.