Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Fish Tale!

I decided it was high time to bring back a fish tank to the classroom!  After a little fiasco with a child dumping our previous fish tank (water, rocks and fish included) I am just now mustering up the courage to bring back fish!  (the fish are very, very afraid though :)
I decided we would take the time to have the children involved in setting up the fish tank before we added fish!  I wasn't quite sure how this would go, since I've never had the children actually work to set up the tank!  Before we started the process, we talked about the empty fish tank on the table next to us!  Our morning message for the day was:  "Today we will make a fish home!"   
Later, all of the children worked to rinse the small rocks, blue gems and plants for the fish "home".  As we worked, one child put his hands in the water and actually said, "Fish home."  We had been talking more at that point about washing the rocks, so I was surprised he remembered that we were washing them for the fish home!    
I wish I could post some of the pictures of our little guys' faces here!  Some of us were just THRILLED to be able to splash in the water!  After we rinsed the items (and splashed) for at least 20 minutes, we drained the water and several of the children helped transfer the rocks to the fish tank!  This ended up being a great way to get the kids involved in preparing the fish tank!  I'm sure those fish will be happy to see such a nice clean "home" prepared for them!   Now, if only we can keep that fish home upright rather than on the floor this time!

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