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Hook, Line & Thinker Guides

Fish Knowledge, People Knowledge, Field Knowledge

Welcome to Hook, Line & Thinker - the program to help you and your students learn more about Wisconsin's aquatic resources, from an angler's perspective.

Student pages are identified by the (») symbol. Lesson plans and appendices for instructors follow student material in each chapter.

Science Guide

Science - Fish Knowledge
Ecology and Biology - Section A

1. One Fish, Two Fish, Panfish, Catfish

In this chapter, two lesson plans focus on fish adaptions and taxonomic classifications

» One Fish, Two Fish, Panfish, Catfish (includes cover and welcome) [PDF]

2. Survivor

In this chapter, three lesson plans review the bare necessities of life for fish.

» Survivor [PDF]

Additional Materials

People Knowledge
Social, Political & Management Issues - Section B

3. Head to Head

In this chapter, three lesson plans outline some common threats that compromise the health of a fishery.

» Head to Head [PDF]

4. Buddy System

In this chapter, four lesson plans illustrate various ways people work together to solve environmental problems.

» Buddy System

Additional Materials

Field Knowledge
Know Before You Go - Section A

Student pages are identified by the (») symbol. Lesson plans and appendices for instructors follow student material in each chapter.

Field Guide Cover

1. Tackling Tackle

Get acquainted with a variety of fishing tackle and equipment.

» Tackling Tackle [PDF]

2. Got Skills?

Learn how to tie a knot that holds, assemble gear for specific fish, and properly cast.

» Got Skills? [PDF]

3. Golden Rules

Navigate the regulations handbook with ease and identify fish to make sure your catch is a keeper.

» Golden Rules [PDF]

4. Safety First

Find out how safety and ethics go hand in hand when fishing.

» Safety First [PDF]


Field Knowledge
Making the Catch - Section B

5. Reading the Water

Zero in on the favorite hangout of your favorite fish.

» Reading the Water [PDF]

6. Fish Out of Water

Put your skills together on a fishing trip and know what to do if you catch a fish.

» Fish Out of Water [PDF]

7. Cooking, Cleaning, and Companions

Prepare your catch for the table and yourself for a future in the outdoors.

» Cooking, Cleaning, and Companions [PDF]

Additional Materials


Resources

You'll find the following documents in the Instructor Guide Resources collection:

  • Sources
  • Master Materials List
  • Correlations to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards
  • Correlations to Project WET and Project WILD
  • Correlations to Water Action Volunteers

And one more appendix wraps up the package:

Appendix N. Blank Worksheets [PDF]

We hope you enjoy sharing these adventures with your students!