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Activity Description of "Gyotaku"

Title Gyotaku
Audience biology - all levels
Abstract "You should have seen the fish I caught; it was t-h-i-s big!" How often do we hear those fishing tales? In Japan, a technique called gyotaku was developed in the 1800s to accurately document fish size by inking the fish, then pressing paper onto the fish to make a print (gyo - fish; taku - impression). When studying fishes, external anatomy can be measured and identified on a well done gyotaku print. Prints of different fishes could be used for classification samples, or to show examples of fishes found in different ecosystems. This activity could also be used as an integration of science with art in designing the composition of the gyotaku print.
Author Lenore Kop
Email lkop@aloha.com
Unifying Concept Form and function
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science Science as a human endeavor, Historical perspectives
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesNatural resources, Science and technology in local, national, global challenges
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences Structure and function in living systems, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms
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