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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, World Languages, Spanish


90 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides

El Juego de Peces (Cambio Climático y la Pesca #1)

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Last Updated:
Oct 1, 2022


In this lesson, students play a game about fishing, write a story about what happened, and learn how climate change impacts fish populations.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students describe photos depicting different ways of fishing and discuss their knowledge and experience of fishing.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play the fish game, a role-play about a fishing community.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students make connections between a news report about climate change and the results of the fish game and create a comic strip to tell the story.

Accompanying Teaching Materials
15 minutes

  • Teacher asks students to close their eyes and silently imagine the activity of “pescar.”

  • Using the Teacher Slideshow, teacher shows six photos depicting different kinds of fishing.

    • Students identify which picture(s) most closely align with the scene they imagined and discuss why.

    • Students compare and contrast their answers.

  • Students use the “Para Conversar” questions on the Teacher Slideshow to talk in pairs about their own experiences related to fishing.

  • The final question of "Para Conversar" in the Inquire section will serve as an introduction to the game in the Investigate section.

45 minutes
  • Teacher explains that the class will play a role-playing game about a fishing community.

  • Teacher uses the images in the Quizlet to introduce vocabulary that students will need in order to play the game.

  • Students form groups of five or six. Teacher reviews the rules of the fish game using the Teacher Slideshow and the Teacher Notes.

    • Teacher should refrain from explaining that the game is about sustainability or answering questions about why the rules are in place. Instead, students discover this on their own as they play the game.

    • There will be three methods of fishing used by players in the game: el árpon, el palangre, y la red.

  • Teacher distributes one La Naturaleza handout, one El Pescador / La Pescadora handout, and one Useful Phrases handout to each group.

  • Students play the game twice:

    • The first time there is no negotiation.  

    • The second time students may negotiate.

  • As groups finish the game, students complete the Reflexión handout.

  • Each group presents to the class what happened in their games and why.

  • Teacher uses the prompts on the slideshow and the reflection sheet to stimulate discussion.

30 minutes
  • Students watch El Cambio Climático Reducirá el Número de Especies Marinas, a news clip from Spain about the impact of climate change on fish populations.

  • Students answer the questions on the Teacher Slideshow and discuss the information in the video.

  • For homework or in class, students complete the Tira Cómica handout to retell the story of the fish game, including a moral of the story. Rubrics are included in the handout.
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson includes hands-on, student-led communicative tasks and an authentic Spanish language listening activity.

  • The fish game allows students to practice their extemporaneous speaking skills while learning about the impact of decision-making on communities.

  • By playing the fish game, students encounter the economic, ecological, and social challenges of sustainable fishing.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is Lesson 1 of 3 in our Cambio Climático y la Pesca unit.

  • This lesson is meant for students with an intermediate-low Spanish language proficiency level. However, novice-high level students can play the game by using the support materials in the Differentiation section below.

  • Teachers can use paper clips or scraps of paper to represent the fish in the game to help students visualize their “catches” and the fish remaining in the lake.


  • Students who need a review of basic grammatical concepts can complete the Grammar Review handout before playing the game.

  • Students with novice-high proficiency levels can use the Useful Phrases handout with useful phrases to help them interact in Spanish during the game. 

  • The tira cómica activity in the Inspire section can be modified to incorporate advanced grammar, such as the use of past tenses or the present tense subjunctive.

Scientist Notes

In this lesson, students play the Fish Game to investigate sustainable fishing practices. This lesson passes our scientific review process.

En esta lección, los estudiantes juegan El Juego de Peces para investigar prácticas de pesca sostenible. Esta lección pasa nuestro proceso de revisión científica.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
    • Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.
      • 1.1 Interpersonal Communication: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
      • 1.2 Interpretive Communication: Learners understand,interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
      • 1.3 Presentational Communication: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.


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