One of the lessons I'm doing this week is Rainbow Fish (talk about sharing, then students will use water color to paint a fish, then I will share "scales", we will display these afterwards. The day I'm doing it my professor of one of my masters courses will be in to observe/interact, so of course I will be nervous, and want to make sure that I'm doing things that are acceptable in her eyes! These fish will be cut out. So my question is, Is it okay to have them previously cut out, or should I have the students cut them out? Do I base it on the purpose of my lesson, which for that one is first, talking about sharing, but then also, intro to water colors and how we use them. It will only be the 4th day of school, so I know that the cutting will end up taking an extensive amount of time. Thoughts?