by Scott Moeller, Aquatic Education Specialist
Chapter 5 of the Fishing: Get in the Habitat! Leader’s Guide contains seven of the 39 lessons, all of which pertain to the proper use of fishing equipment. Fishing can be as simple or as complex as the angler chooses to make it, yet even the angler with the cane pole, hook and bobber must have some basic understanding of how fish perceive their environment and what attracts them.
This chapter focuses on how fish are attracted to color, movement and vibration, and gives students an opportunity to design their own unique fishing lure based on this knowledge. Lesson 5:5 – Flashy Fish Catchers is a great lesson that cuts across subjects like biology, physics and art, and lets students express their creativity with a fun, hands-on project that can be displayed or taken home.
Using their knowledge of fish senses, students design their own fishing lures for a selected target fish species and the water conditions that allow lures to work most effectively.
Kids making flashy fish catchers at a fair event with MinnAqua.
There are many ways to extend this lesson that the students may want to try. Fill up a pool and let students observe how their lures move through the water (if you have used waterproof glue), ask how lures could be modified to obtain certain movements, try pre-made lures to watch how they move, etc. Students may even show interest in actually fishing with their lures. To create additional art and language arts components, ask students to design an ad campaign to market their lure to anglers, focusing on the features of the lure that attract fish.
This lesson can be used as a supplement to, or extension of, Lesson 2:1 – Fish Sense. In Lesson 2:1, students learn about the various sensory adaptations that help fish detect such environmental cues as vibration, color and movement. In addition, many of the materials used in this lesson can also be used in Lesson 1:1 – Design a Habitat.
Lesson 2:1 - Fish Sense (23 pages | 5.5 MB)
Lesson 1:1 - Design a Habitat (17 pages | 1.3 MB)
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