Activity Description of "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|
|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 Perspectives||Natural 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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