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Goldfish and Guppies by Mind Map: Goldfish and Guppies
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Goldfish and Guppies

Science

Observe traits of fish

Record observations (with drawings and words)

Compare the differences (color, size, shape)

Make predictions as to how fish will react if we add something (plants, toys)

Diet: Keep them separate because goldfish will eat guppies.

Math

Sort and classify fish by color, shape, and size

Graph their reproduction or death (as morbid as that sounds!)

Social Studies

Being a good citizen to our animals. Goldfish will live up to 10 years if properly cared for.

Place of origin for goldfish: China

Identify China on a map and globe, Discuss difference of map and globe

Place of origin for guppies: Central America and Brazil

Identify these places on map and globe

Literacy

What It's Like to be a Fish, by Wendy Pfeffer and Fishy Tales, by DK Publishing

Make predictions about what the books are about

Read aloud, asking questions throughout

Discuss author's purpose and story elements

Discuss whether these are fiction or non-fiction and why we think that

Create a fiction class story about goldfish and guppies

Art

Create a paper fish aquariums

Create "fish sticks," each child having either a goldfish or guppy

Have students put their fish in the correct aquarium (goldfish in one, guppies in another) They will be categorizing by characteristics and having to recall that the two species cannot dwell together.

Physical

Assign goldfish or guppy roles to children. (They will have a chance to switch roles). Play a type of "capture the flag" but only the goldfish may pull the flags off of the guppies. When all the guppies have been captured, they will switch roles. Then discuss how predators and prey might be similar: prey will try to avoid the predator.

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