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If your kids already know something about the water cycle, life cycle of salmon, and climate change, then they're ready to participate in an activity that explores Chinook salmon of the Pacific Northwest. They read an article and a case study, then discuss the potential or actual impact of climate change on the Chinook salmon. They examine POD cycles and create graphs that show changes in salmon populations due to increases in sea temperatures. The final assessment activity requires them to make short presentations using both their graphs and their evidence, which they obtained from their readings.
Young scholars go on a salmon scavenger hunt to find out about threats to salmon populations. They gather information about some of the reasons wild salmon have gone from such incredible abundance to relative scarcity, and about some of the things people are doing to help salmon recover. Also, they describe several ways in which human activities impact salmon at various points in their life cycle.
Students role-play a meeting of the Elwha River council in which they present opposing views to council members on hydroelectric power and salmon fisheries resources. They brainstorm possible conflicts between various people in land-use issues then watch a video on land use in the Sipsey Wilderness area and read about the Elwha river to compile their presentations.
Here is a fabulous instructional activity about the cultures of the Northwest Indians. Through an exploration of a story about the Salmon People, learners study the practice of harvesting salmon and the cultural importance of salmon to the Northwest Coast indians. This 18-page instructional activity has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class. Excellent cross-curricular activites are found throughout.
Students will learn about this phenomenon, including the salmon migration route and the fact that salmon are able to return to the streams where they were born after spending years swimming in the ocean. They will see photographs of salmon at different stages of their lives, and illustrate maps with salmon pictures. Students will conclude by performing skits showing the salmon life cycle and migration.
Students explore the ecosystem and food chain by researching Pacific Salmon. In this fish habitat lesson, students discover the life cycle for salmon, where they spawn and what they eat to survive the harsh elements. Students participate in a salmon board game activity utilizing question cards, magnets and dice.
Students investigate the affect of non-native species on Pacific Salmon. In this non-native species and Pacific Salmon lesson, students participate in a competition and habitat loss game. They play the game in groups, while answering questions on an associated worksheet and participating in a class discussion.
Students explore oceanography by researching migrating fish. In this Pacific Salmon instructional activity, students participate in a board game activity in which they move a salmon through their annual journey to the spawning habitat upstream. Students complete a stream micro-habitat worksheet in class after researching the salmon migration further.
Work on author's purpose with this lesson, which focuses on sequence of events and audience as well. Middle and high schoolers describe the 50 State Quarters Program for background information. After discussing the images on the coins, they are told that they represent important symbols of the state of Washington. The lesson transitions to an examination of author's purpose and a study of salmon.
Third graders explore the life cycle of a salmon. In this salmon life cycle lesson plan, 3rd graders make a KWL Chart and list the five different types of salmon found in Alaska. They label a diagram of the salmon life cycle and use a Venn Diagram to compare salmon eggs to chicken eggs. They participate in extension art and game activities.
Students research the importance of salmon to the Northwest Coastal Indians. In this salmon and Native American history lesson, students read and research books about the Northwest Coast Indians. Students read origin stories about salmon and then make the story into a play to perform. Students color a Red Snapper worksheet.
Students inquire about biology by identifying the life stages of a fish. In this salmon instructional activity, students research the Internet and library to identify the path a salmon takes to spawn. Students complete a KWL worksheet and create a poster presentation on their salmon research.