Here in Marblehead, fishermen built structures called fish flakes to lay out their catch to dry. 3rd graders are drying their fish as well — and although we do use non-toxic materials, I can’t recommend eating these!
First, students cut out their fish paintings and traced them onto a sheet of construction paper. They then cut out the traced fish and glued the two together. Students were careful to leave an unglued area big enough to fit their hand, creating a big, fish-shaped pocket. After the glue dries, we will stuff our fish and close up the pocket, creating a 3D painted fish! These fish will not be staying in portfolios since they won’t quite fit, so they can come home as soon as they’ve been graded.