BEFORE YOU VISIT THE GARDEN…
Activity #1: Like fish, or like me?
Students will be able to describe similarities and differences between
fish and human beings
- various pictures of different kinds of fish and people [You
can use images provided, or obtain your own magazine clippings of
different kinds of fish and people (app. 10-20 depending on group
- chart paper/chalk board
- Have students sit on the rug in a circle (or at tables in smaller
groups). Place a pile of magazine clippings of different kinds of
fish and people in the center of the circle. Allow students to examine
- After students have all had an opportunity to explore the pictures,
ask them to describe what they notice about the subjects in the
pictures (probable response: “they are all pictures of fish
- On a chart or on the board, write the words “fish”
and “people” in large print. Have students repeat the
words with you.
Have students to separate the clippings into two piles, one for
fish and one for people (start the piles for them with one picture
in each spot).
- Ask students to describe what is similar about fish and people.
Begin with, “for example, fish and people both have heads,”
and then draw a person’s head next to the word “people”
on the chart, and a fish-shaped head next to the word “fish.”
As students volunteer other similarities, draw those additions to
the pictures on the chart.
- Now ask students to identify what is different about fish and
people, again drawing the body parts onto the pictures as students
dictate (example, “fish have fins” or “people
- If students have not already suggested it, ask them to describe
the difference between where fish live and where people live. Draw
water above the fish, and a sun or ground with the person.
Allow students to stand up. Explain to them that we are going
to pretend that we are a fish under water, and will move around
the room “like a fish.” Have a pre-designated signal
(a clap or bell) that indicates the students will “freeze”
in place. Practice the signal a few times before beginning the activity.
After a minute or two of being fish, have students freeze and explain
that now they will walk back to the rug “like people.”
Have students describe what it felt like to be a fish, and the difference
between how fish and people move around.