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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K - 8 | Age: 5-14yrs | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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Here learn how to create colorful banners with fish as the theme

From discovering the creatures that live in the water and learning about their habitats to writing poems about their shape and investigating what they eat, the animals that live underwater can provide parents and educators with an enormous amount of teaching inspiration, across all of the curriculum areas. Here for you now is an art lesson that can serve as a jumping off point for language arts, science, geography and even history. The lesson can be adapted to suit any grade from kindergarten up.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Lay out a long sheet of craft paper or tear a paper bag and lay it flat on the ground or a long table (this project can be done in groups of 2 or 4).
  2. The paper can be cut into a long rectangular shape.
  3. Have students choose a fish shape from a book or from their heads.
  4. Next, students should draw the fish shape on a scrap piece of cardboard.
  5. Once the fish shape is drawn, students can cut it out of the cardboard. This will be a template.
  6. Students can then go to the sheet of craft paper and place the fish template down and trace it as many times as it will fit on the paper.
  7. To finish off, students can color the fish and the environment around the fish using sponges dipped in paint, paintbrushes dipped in paint or markers.
  8. Add some glitter or shiny paper for a shimmery water look.

Recommended Books/Products:

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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