- From the Nevada TIC program
We started out by printing cutouts of different animals who have a geography familiar to kids: (i.e. penguins from Antarctica, panda bears from China, koala bears from Australia). We had a map of the world, and we asked students to put the animal on the map on wherever it came from. After we did that, we told them that it was time to go fishing.
We then had them pick up a fly rod and cast into our lake (a desk covered with blue). Behind the desk was a box with cutouts of different trout species. On the end of the line was a magnet which would connect to a magnet glued onto the mouth of the trout cutouts. Once the kids hooked the fish, they would then have to land it. Another kid would get a net. The whole thing was designed to make it fun.
When the kids caught the fish, they would be asked to identify what species it was. Then they would be asked to put it on the map of the world wherever it was from (i.e. brown trout from Europe, brook trout from eastern US and Canada). When they caught a Lahontan cutthroat, we would explain that that was the only native fish where they were from.