Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Beta Fish inquiry

Today the students came in through the door and were excited to pick up a language activity to work on. Many chose letter games to play while a few began to draw and write. DD was excited to start a book about our beta fish. She was able to share this at our first morning meeting. Very exciting! 

I had another group gather around the new fish bowl. A couple of the students said that "she doesn't look very happy". I asked why they thought that? We had varying answers but mostly around her not having enough to eat. Upon further research we detained that she needs to eat every couple of days - not more as they have very tiny bellies. When I probed them further as to what else could make her happy the students didn't really have any ideas. So..... We opened up the iPad and looked at some images of beta fish. To our students surprise the fish we saw on the iPad all had rocks, shells, and plants in their bowls! CH: "oh maybe we need to put some fun things in with our fish." Tomorrow we will make a list of some of the things we can add to her bowl. 

As many of the students wanted to paint and write about the fish today - we felt it was a good idea to brainstorm with a bubble map some words to describe our beta fish.

Then Ms Blundell worked with a group of students to create a big art collage of a beta fish using the descriptive words to guide them.

Wow! What a lot of learning today. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.


  1. I am an FDK ece and I just started my fish inquiry last week, its been a lot of fun!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our blog. I hope you find some interesting ideas you can take into your inquiry as well. Would love to hear more about how your inquiry turns out.