Fantastic Fishing Contest
Children will have fun using their imaginations and what they've learned about fish to create their own entry
in a fishing contest.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
- Glue and tape
- Construction paper
- Books or magazines with pictures or illustrations of fish
WHAT TO DO
- Tell children that they are going to have a fishing contest. Explain that the idea is to create a fish,
not actually catch one. Tell them that as they are working on their fish, they need to think of a name for
it, some "facts" about it, and a story that explains how they caught it.
- Before children begin working on their fish, discuss with them the different categories to include in the
contest. You might make some suggestions to start them off, such as the funniest fish, the scariest fish, the
most realistic fish, the best fish name, the most colorful fish, the fish you would most like to have for a pet,
the best fish story, etc. Record all the agreed upon categories on the board or on a chart. Leave room for the
winner's name next to each category.
- Have children begin to make their fish. As children are working, encourage them to think of their fish story.
- When children have completed their fish, have them take turns showing their fish to the class. As they show
their fish, they can explain what it is called and how they caught it.
- When everyone has shown their fish and told their fish story, have children vote on the winners in the different
categories. Record the winners' names on the chart.
- You may want to have children write down some information about their fish and display the fish with the
information on a bulletin board.
- You may want to invite other teachers or another class to be the judges in the contest.
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