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Down by the Bay

Martha Cordell
Bay District Schools


Students will engage in a predicting and counting activity through simulated fishing as a way to identify the bluefish of St. Andrew Bay.


The student predicts what a passage is about based on its title and illustrations.

The student adds and subtracts whole numbers to solve real-world problems, using appropriate methods of computing, such as objects, mental mathematics, paper and pencil, calculator.

Designs a simple experiment to answer a class question, collects appropriate information, and interprets the results using graphical displays of information, such as line graphs, pictographs, and charts.


-Beginning books about fish such as: One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss; Billy Bluefish by Suzanne Tate; Swimmy by Leo Lionni
-Pictures of a variety of fish found in St. Andrew Bay
-Fishing rod or pole
-Line and string with magnet attached
-Paper clips
-Paper and crayons for designing bluefish
-Graphing software such as Graph Club and T.L.C. Math Graphing


Research background information on bluefish in Florida. Collect pictures of a variety of fish found in this area. Acquire books needed for the lesson.


1. Read a 'fish book' to entire class

2. Introduce lesson by brainstorming with students what they know about fish.

3. Provide students with background knowledge about the bluefish.

4. Show students the book like Billy Bluefish, and have them make predictions about the story based on its title and illustrations.

5. Read the story.

6. Students will design their own bluefish.

7. Students will predict how many fish they will catch.

8. Students will count the fish they catch during the simulated fishing activity.

9. Teacher and students will graph the results of their fishing experience using the software such as The Graph Club.

10. Each student will graph how many fish he or she predicted.

11. Each student will graph the actual computed number caught.

12. Each student will compare and share results.

13. Conclude activity by having students make predictions about another 'fish' book. Read the story.


Teacher observation and student explanation of related graphs.
1. Teacher will observe students graph and explain different graphing situations.

2. Teacher will ask students to make predictions about the book they are going to read by asking questions such as: -How can you tell this story is about a fish?- or -How can you tell the story is about a happy fish?-.

3. Students will complete writing prompts such as: -Once there was a little fish...- or -My fishing adventure by the bay...-.

4. Students will complete a math journal entry explaining computation between prediction and actual count.
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