Fishes book and a sample of each step of the process.
Fish - For those who are new to the Eyewitness format, it consists of thematically arranged two-page spreads of brilliant photographs on a white background. This series is strongest in the biological sciences.
About Fish: A Guide For Children - Beautifully illustrated with delicate, precise watercolor paintings, the text uses simple words to discuss topics such as how fish move, breathe, and protect themselves from predators.
Pastels: 1: a paste made of powdered pigment ranging from pale to deep colors and used
for making crayons; also: a crayon made of such paste.
2 a : a drawing in pastel b : the process or art of drawing with pastels.
Teacher Preparation (What will you do to get ready?): get materials, examples and book together.
Read book: Fishes, talk about fish (types, colors, etc.), talk about what else is in the fish’s environment, show a completed fish & get them excited to make their own.
Project/ Classroom Procedure: (detailed process and management plan):
Talk about fish/read book
Show a completed fish
Show the step one fish
Have them draw their own fish with the black crayon on the black construction paper
Have them trace their fish with glue
Set fish aside for a day to dry
Color in fish and scenery/background with chalk
Spray with hairspray to fix picture
Safety Considerations: Don’t let the children blow the chalk dust at one another.
Adaptations for students with special needs: help with glue and coloring and whatever else is needed.
Assessment Process (methods and detailed criteria list): Did they follow the directions and come out with a good, uniquely decorated and fully colored fish? If so, they get a good grade to reflect that.
Marcia Blackman’s sample, Fishes by Brian Wildsmith