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What’s a fish hotel? It’s a tree that’s fallen in a lake or stream. It’s like a hotel for fish because it provides what they need to survive: food and shelter. Large submerged trees can host entire fish communities!
ABOUT FISH HOTEL KITS The Fish Hotel Kit is designed to help students learn about the benefits of leaving trees in lakes. The kits are intended to be a Wisconsin fish-focused option for grades 1-5. The teaching guide provides discussion questions and activities and a list of the Wisconsin Science and English Language Arts standards that are met. The kit includes both a fiction and nonfiction book on this topic.
Fish Hotel, fiction - Full-color, 30 page hardcover picture book
Video of Fish Hotel (picture book) being read
Fish Hotels, non-fiction (20 student copies) - Full-color, 20 page companion booklet
Fish Hotel Teaching Guide
Wisconsin fish cards
Fish Hotel poster
A Second Life for Trees poster
My Lake Field Journal for student observations
Video links to short videos of fish swimming through real fish hotels
Teacher resource booklets:
A Second Life for Trees in Lakes
Impervious Surfaces: How They Impact Fish, Wildlife and Waterfront Property Values
The Water's Edge
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* Fish Hotel Kits are provided by the Center for Land Use Education and the UW-Madison Division of Extension.