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Fish for a Day Grades K-2nd

In this kit, students focus on the special adaptations of fish and discover how they swim, breath, and protect themselves in the ocean.

Educator on a beach next to an image of a shark

Watch some of the Aquarium’s most colorful fish on the webcam to explore how fish use their special adaptations, then as a class design your very own digital fish on the interactive Build-a-fish application. Follow our silly characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara in the “Fish for a Day” video as they compare a SCUBA diver’s equipment to the adaptations of a fish. The lesson plan offers suggestions on how to tie together each of the kit materials and promote class discussions and questions.


  • Supports the Following Next Generation Science Standards:
    • K–2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
    • K–2-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
    • 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
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