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Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Pre-school
Swimmy by:Leo Lionni
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.
Mister Seahorse by:Eric Carle
After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse's belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.
The adventures of Max the minnow by:William Boniface
A small fish sets off to become the biggest fish of all, only to learn to appreciate himself as he is.
Fish eyes : a book you can count on by:Lois Ehlert
A counting book depicting the colorful fish a child might see if he turned into a fish himself.
Fidgety fish by:Ruth Galloway
Sent out for a swim in the deep sea, Tiddler, a young fish who just can't keep still, sees many interesting creatures and one very dark cave.
Little Fish lost by:Nancy Van Laan
Little Fish loses his mother in an African pond and searches everywhere for her, seeing all kinds of animals in the process.
Look out for the big bad fish! by:Sheridan Cain
Tadpole is distressed because all of the animals he encounters can jump and he has not yet learned how, but the ability comes to him just at the right time.
Ten little fish by:Audrey Wood
Ten little fish swim along an ocean reef, each finding a different reason to leave until there is only one left.
Tom's fish by: Nancy Coffelt
Tom tries to stop his goldfish from swimming upside down, until he finds a way to appreciate his pet's individuality.
Big Al by:Andrew Clements
A big, ugly fish has trouble making the friends he longs for because of his appearance--until the day his scary appearance saves them all from a fisherman's net.
Fish wish by:Bob Barner
A young boy's dream sends him on an underwater journey through a coral reef. Includes factual information on coral reefs and the animals that live in them.
Five Little Fish
No little fishies swimming in the sea, (Hold up fist.)
Splishing and a splashing (Pretend to swim.)
And a rocking to the beat.

Here comes a little fishie,
Oh, say, "hello." (Wave.)
One little fishie swimming in a row. (Hold up one finger.)
One little fishie . . . (Hold up one finger.)
Two little fishies . . . (Hold up two fingers.)
Three little fishies . . . (Hold up three fingers.)
Four little fishies . . . %2(Hold up four fingers.)
Five little fishies . . . (Hold up five fingers.)

Everybody wave 'cause don't you know,
Those little fishies got to go (Wave goodbye)
Oh, ah, away they go.

Activity: Decorate colored socks with
felt to look like fish. Have children
wear these on their arms and get up
and swim as you sing the song.

Make fish out of felt and place them on the flannel board. Follow up the song by doing addition and subtraction problems with the fish.

Five fish swimming in the sea
CD: Dr. Jean sings silly songs / Dr. Jean.
Three Puffer Fish
(Tune: Three Blind Mice)

Three puffer fish,
Three puffer fish,
See how they swim,
See how they swim,
Their tails go left and
Their tails go right,
Their gills breathe in and
Their gills breathe out,
Did you ever see such a prickly sight as
Three puffer fish?
Change the name of the fish and change the "prickly" to a fitting adjective. For example, 3 rainbow fish would be "Did you ever see such a "colorful" sight as three rainbow fish?

Did You Ever See A Fishy?
(Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie?)

Did you ever see a fishy,
A fishy, a fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy
Swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way
And that way and this way?
Did you ever see a fishy
Swim this way and that?
repeat the song replacing "swim" with other verbs such as: slide, swish, and splash.

Six Little Fish
(Tune: Six Little Ducks)

Six little fish that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too.
But the one little fish who was the leader of the crowd.
He led the other fish around and around.
Fish Story
One, two, three, four, five
(Hold up fingers while counting)
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
(hold up additional fingers)
Then I let it go again.
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right.
(hold up pinky on the right hand)
Lifesize Whale

Okay, it's not really lifesize, but it will feel that way to a child. Stuff a large plastic trash bag with newspaper. Tape the tail and shape it into a whale shape. Tape on a big construction paper circles for eyes. Cut out a mouth shape and tape that on too. You could also make this look like a killer whale by cutting out pieces of white construction paper and taping them on in the right pattern on a black bag.

Fish Bowl Craft
Large Piece of Blue Construction Paper
Green Pipe Cleaners
Gold Fish Crackers
Fruit Loops

Cut your large piece of blue construction paper into a circle. Once you have done that cut about ? an inch off one side of the circle. This will create a fish bowl look. Next encourage your child to glue fruit loops to the round bottom part of the circle for gravel in the fish bowl. Next glue on green pipe cleaners for plants and lastly add the gold fish crackers.
**Optional purchase the rainbow gold fish crackers**

Recommendation ? When doing any food craft I recommend you spray it with hair spray to keep bugs out of it while it is on display and I also recommend you place in a zip lock bag if you plan on keeping this art work as a keepsake. Always remember a great way to preserve art is though film.