I went snorkeling for the very first time last week; the fish were amazing. If your kids love the ocean and are curious about all types of fish, then grab these printables to help your kids learn about fish this homeschool year.
My kids LOVE the aquarium, and I must admit, so do I. The peacefulness of the fish swimming, and the unknown of the ocean deep makes us all love to see the beauty of fish.
I spent most of my adult life hating the beach. It is because of purely selfish reasons. Messiness is not my thing. I mean, sand in diapers, sand in cars, and trailed through the house to our bathrooms right after a beach trip, poop emergencies just when you want to sit down in the sun – they all repelled any feeling of wanting to let my kids enjoy a day at the beach.
Fast forward over a decade, and I find that the Lord has brought me to an island… surrounded by beaches. Yay, me. Well, that wasn’t my exact sentiment when I finally got here. Yet, I must say it has grown on me over the years.
Being able to go to beaches that are secluded, water clear enough to see your toes, and hues of blue that you never thought were possible, have made the experience less dreadful for me. Not to mention that my children are also older now, so they clean up after themselves.
I finally gave in to going more often, but I went snorkeling just a week or so ago. That is a whole other story, but I have glasses. That made it difficult to see anything with goggles anyway. I decided to dust off my box of contacts (which expire in a few months) and try snorkeling.
Now I understand what the big deal was. I get it. Man, oh, man. The fish were breathtaking, unafraid, graceful, and contained colors beyond comprehension. I am now a fan. I need to go a few more times before my contacts expire. (By the way, it is summer where I live. Weird, I know.)
Fish indeed are precious creatures made by our good Lord. What a fascinating creation he has made to occupy our waters.
Think for a moment how unique fish are.
They can live in six different types of waters:
- Warm Saltwater
- Cold Saltwater
- Warm Freshwater
- Cold Freshwater
- Hatches in Freshwater, Lives in Saltwater
- Hatches in Saltwater, Lives in Freshwater
There are over 30,000 different kinds of fish, but there are few things that ALL fish have in common.
That slimy feel of fish has a purpose. It helps them quickly glide through the water.
The largest fish is a whale shark that can reach fifty feet in length.
The smallest fish is a Philippine goby fish, which is less than 1/3 inch long at best.
Fish have a “sense organ” that works like radar to help them navigate through dark or murky waters. The sense organ is called the lateral line.
There are flat-bodied fish that camouflage themselves on the ocean floor, some fish (like tuna) can swim up to 43 mph (70 kph), they have relatively small brains, and over 1000 fish species may be extinct soon. The information your kids can learn by studying fish is endless.
If you are enjoying an all-about-fish unit in your homeschool, then use these resources and printables to help your kids learn about fish from home.
All About Fish printables
Fish Unit | Every Star is Different
Ocean Animals and Fish | First Grade Roars
Unit Study Fish Resources | Premeditated Leftovers
Fish Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plans | Homeschool 101
FREE Worksheet Fish Pack | Cookies and Racecars
Fish Unit: Fact Pages, Life Cycle, Interactive Notebook Pages, and More | Amanda Richardson
Montessori Resources for Learning about Fish | TrilliumMontessori.ORG
Fact Booklet on Fish | TheBeezyTeacher
Facts: Fish Mini-Unit | Little Bird Kindergarten
Fish Facts | CoolKidFacts
Salmon Life Cycle Tot & PreK-K Pack | In All You Do
Fun Fish Facts for Kids (Warning: Some secular information)| Science Kids
Fish Facts and Worksheets (Warning: Some secular Information)| KidsKonnect
5 Fun Fish Activities for Kids | Little Family Fun
Rainbow Fish STEM Activity | Kaplan
20+ Low-Prep One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Activities | Homeschool Preschool
Build a Fish with Simple Shapes: Preschool Printable Activity | Miniature Masterminds
Fish Phonics Activity |Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Fish-themed learning resources
Alphabet Fish Play Dough Mats | The Letters of Literacy
Fishy Bubbles Alphabet Match | The Kindergarten Connection
FREE Count The Fish Counting Cards! | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Printable FREE fish alphabet for under the sea unit | NurtureStore
Fishing Alphabet Name Spelling | This Reading Mama
Goldfish Printables for Preschoolers |Totschooling.net
Color Matching Fish Puzzles | Modern Preschool
Bible Specific fish-themed resources
Jonah and the Big Fish | Bible Pathway Adventures
Jesus Crown with Disciple Fish | ActivitiesforKids
Creation Story for Kids: Day 5 – Birds & Fish | True Aim Education
Fishers of Men | Easy Breezy Sunday School
Jonah and the Big Fish Printable Pack | Simple Living, Creative Learning
All About Fish crafts
Ocean Clownfish Handprint Art Project | Must Have Mom
PomPom Painting Rainbow Fish Book Crafts for Kids | Fun Early Learning
F is for Feather Fish Painting | Learning4Kids
10 Fun Fish Crafts For Kids They Are Going To Love! | I Heart Crafty Things
15 Fun Fish Craft Ideas | The Best Ideas for Kids
Grab some books about fish to add to your studies about fish:
The Rainbow FishOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself)Paul Meets BernadetteWhat’s It Like to Be a Fish? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count OnSophie’s FishBig Fish Little Fish (My Little World)About Fish: A Guide for Children
Try to plan a field trip to a nearby aquarium to wrap up your unit. You will find that kids will enjoy it so much. Explore all about fish this year and encourage curiosity in one of God’s great creations in the heart of your kids.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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