We create our fish from a pancake/taco shape then add the details to make it our own. Each student started with 2/3 of their clay and patted it into a pancake. We then brought opposite sides of the pancake up to touch, making sure to score and slip. This makes a taco shape that we gently tap on the table so our fish will sit flat. Then one end of the taco is scored and slipped inside and pinch closed for the tail. The front is left open for their fish's mouth. Then the remaining 1/3 of their clay is used to add eyes, side fins and any additional fish features they want to add. I fired them and they were glazed and then I re-fired them to get that shiny coat.
My lesson plan can be found here.
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