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Do Fish Fart?

Elementary, Middle

Description

The hilarious title of this book is a clue to the engaging content contained within.  “Do Fish Fart?” provides answers to some of the most entertaining student questions regarding aquatic life while delivering a serious message about freshwater conservation.  The amusing text with entertaining pictures, cartoons and puzzles will delight students as they discover the underwater world of lakes and learn how they can do their part to help keep our watersheds clean and healthy.

A guide with links to the middle school curriculum is also available.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book supports middle school science and geography outcomes related to habitats, ecosystems and sustainability.  The content could also be used to introduce a field trip to a local river or lake to study aquatic life and measure water quality indicators such as temperature, pH and turbidity.

Students could develop personal water conservation plans by tracking water use and implementing best practices like reducing the use of plastics at home.  Classroom action projects could include such tasks as planting trees in the riparian zone of a local river or campaigning for reduced fertilizer use on lawns and gardens.

An interesting community-based project could have students creating maps of local water supply sources and using these maps to inform residents about where their drinking water comes from to highlight the importance of pollution prevention.  The class could even work with a local waste disposal company to host a hazardous waste event where materials like old paint are collected and disposed of properly.

Relevant Grades and Subjects

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  • Grade 4
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    • English
    • Science
  • Grade 5
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    • English
    • Science
  • Grade 6
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    • English
    • Science
  • Grade 7
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    • English
    • Science

Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • General Guide to Taking Action
  • Water (4)

    • Water Cycle
    • Water Quality
    • Water Use
    • Watershed Protection