DURING YOUR VISIT TO THE GARDEN…
Lesson Ideas for Grade 2
(The ideas introduced in this activity are completed in Activity
Students will make predictions about koi fish color variation based
on observations in a photograph, and will compare and sort live
koi in a “natural” habitat.
- Chart paper or board
- Index cards (5x7) or data sheet handout
Before you go:
- Just before the field trip, show students the koi pictures again.
Have students describe the variations in color that they see in
- Chart the different colors on a piece of
chart paper to refer again to after the trip. Because there are
many variations, you'll want to distinguish between solid colors
(all orange) and mixed colors (orange and black). You might even
create codes: O for orange, O+B for orange and black, etc. This
will allow students to use this shorthand as they collect data at
- Have students predict, based on the photographs,
how many koi of each color they will see at the Japanese Gardens.
Have students write their predictions down on post-it notes with
their names and stick them next to the color on the chart paper
(for example, how many koi do you think will have white spots?).
At the garden:
At the gardens, have students keep a tally of the number of fish
they can spot of each color. Tell students to be careful not to
count the same fish twice (this will be challenging, but fun)! Have students record their tallies on index cards or they can use
the data sheet provided.