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Featured Lesson

Lesson 2:1 - Fish Sense

by Nadine Meyer, Aquatic Education Specialist

August 2008


Gyotaku Print of a Fish

Chapter 2 of the MinnAqua Leader’s Guide - Fishing: Get in the Habitat! focuses on Minnesota fish. Fish are incredibly fascinating and our Leader’s Guide is filled to the gills with fish information. Chapter 2 houses nine of our 39 lessons. The first lesson of Chapter 2, Lesson 2:1 - Fish Sense is particularly popular.

Download the Lesson This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Lesson Summary

Students touch and hold a fish (or a rubber replica of a fish) to explore the six senses of fish and gain a better understanding of fish behavior. They compare and contrast their own senses with those of fish. When students have become comfortable with handling fish, they apply paint to a fish and print its image on a sheet of paper using the ancient Japanese art form of gyotaku (gee-oh-tah-koo).

Tips & Tricks

Interal Anatomy of a Fish Ear

Internal anatomy of a fish ear

Material Suggestion

Rubber fish replicas for fish printing can be found in a variety of places. The only company that sells 5” rubber bluegill replica individually is Acorn Naturalists. Their website is http://www. acornnaturalists.com/. Other companies sell rubber fish replicas; the replicas are generally sold in sets with ocean and freshwater species.

Materials suggestions in Corrections & Updates are provided as an educational service and are not an endorsement by the MN Department of Natural Resources.

MinnAqua Lesson Connections

Teaching about fish senses ties in very easily with how to select fishing tackle. Try these lessons in conjunction with Lesson 2:1 - Fish Sense: 

Lesson 5:4 - Tackling Your Tackle Box This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (35 pages | 3.7 MB)

Lesson 5:5 - Flashy Fish Catchers This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (25 pages | 5.3 MB)

 

Suggested Online Student Resources

Try these resources to learn even more about fish senses: