- Put the animal flashcards/pictures up on the wall/board.
- Show the children the flashcards/pictures of animals. Highlight some of the differences between different types of animals. Encourage the children to complete your sentences and to come up with their own ideas, egTigers have babies but parrots … lay eggs. Parrots have got feathers but frogs have got … skin. Tigers eat … meat. Frogs live in water and on land but fish … live in water.
Completing Wild Animals: Fish Worksheet
- Leave a picture of a fish on the wall/board or draw it yourself. Use the picture to pre-teach fins, gills and scales.
- Ask the children to do Activity 1.
Answers: 1-gills; 2-eye; 3-mouth; 4-scales; 5-fins
Children can colour in the fish and the sea around it
- Elicit as much information as possible from the children by asking them questions, but don’t provide too much information at this stage. Where do fish live? What do they eat? Have they got bones? They’ve got fins to swim. They breathe with gills. (Remember that dolphins and whales are not fish, they’re mammals. They don’t lay eggs, they have babies.)
- Ask the children to write True or False in the Your opinion column. If they’re not sure, encourage them to guess.
- Get feedback from the class about their guesses, but don’t do any correction yet.
- Ask the children to read the text in Activity 3 and then write True or False in the The text column.
- Check the answers with the class.
- Ask the children to check their own answers in the Your opinioncolumn. How many did they get right?
Answers:1-True; 2-True; 3-False; 4-False; 5-True; 6-False; 7-True
1 Say something about fish
- Re-read the text in Activity 3 with the children. Then ask them to read it individually. Tell them to cover the text and tell you what they can remember about it. Finally, ask them to underline the most important pieces of information in the text with your help.
- Ask the children to choose one or two words from each underlined sentence and write them on the board, eg water / gills / scales / eggs / vertebrates / algae / insects / fins / 25 000 species.
- Ask the children to memorize the main words.
- Ask them to put their materials away and then clean the board.
- In groups of 4, get the children to take turns to say something different about fish. How many rounds can they go?
- To turn it into a competition, the first child who repeats some information in the same round or doesn’t say anything new is out.
2 Draw a fish
- The children can draw a fish in their notebooks and label its different parts.
- Then they can write some sentences about their fish.