ART EDUCATION IN PRACTICE SERIES
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two days, which allows the fluoride in city water to
The Fish Arrive!
I placed the castles in the thirty-eight aquariums
along with water and a handful of aquarium gravel
and put them in the school library so everyone could
enjoy the project. The room buzzed with excitement
as I placed three guppies in each aquarium. I also
invited the local newspaper.
We kept the aquariums at school for a full week
to give students time to practice feeding and changing the water. I kept a reserve of guppies to replace
any that didn’t make it through the week. Everyone
seemed to enjoy watching the little fish as they
darted through the castle gate houses and other openings. One student’s guppies even had babies!
On Friday we snapped the lids on the plastic containers and sent them home with bags of fish food.
(The second-grade teachers had previously sent a note
home informing parents and giving the option of not
receiving the fish as pets.)
I can’t imagine how the PTO’s fifty dollars could
have been better spent. The students were totally
enthused with the project. The second-grade teachers
also embraced the project which, in a real way, made
connections to the unit they teach on caring and
A comment the pet store owner casually made
has stayed with me. He said the opportunity I have
provided these students may become a lifetime hobby
for some of them. What a wonderful thought.
Craig Hinshaw teaches art at Hiller Elementary School in
Davison, Michigan. email@example.com
Students identify connections between the visual
arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.