Monday, February 27, 2012


I was in a classroom today that is studying the world of fish. It's part of a larger theme of "Animals", and the class has already discussed and investigated mammals and birds. They are planning a fun art project for later this week called Gyotaku, Japanese Fish Printing.
The book that came to mind as I thought about all this was Swimmy by Leo Lionni.

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a tiny fish who not only survives in the dangerous ocean, but helps a whole school of fish like himself. Working together, they are able to swim safely,  and even scare the big fish away!
A question to ask after this read aloud might be, "What kinds of things can a family or class do together that one person cannot do alone?"

Art Extension Idea:
Fish Prints
Check out this somewhat stinky, one of a kind printing experience here!

Photo courtesy of In Art Class

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