Which Fish Lives Where?

In this activity, students will read about the adaptations that allow fish to live in specific aquatic habitats, then they will create their own fish.

By completing this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Obtain and evaluate information from a nonfiction text about fish adaptations.
  • Draw a labeled picture of a fish in its habitat.
  • Identify specific adaptations that would benefit fish in specific habitats.

More About this Lesson Plan

Wild Kids is a collection of simple activities that can be used to introduce students to different wildlife and life science concepts. Each activity includes a two page printable student worksheet and a page of teacher instructions. They have been aligned to the Arizona academic science standards and can be used to promote three dimensional teaching.

In this activity, students will read an article that looks at different adaptations that fish have to survive in the specific aquatic habitat. These will include body and mouth shape, reproductive strategies and color patterns. Then, the teacher will guide the students through an activity that allows them to create their own fish and incorporate the adaptations they just learned about.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
  • Other AZGFD staff

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • 3rd Grade

    1. 3.L1U1.5

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