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Students list the salmon life cycle stages in order. They draw a stream with the vegetation, animals, and water quality parameters that are necessary for salmon survival. Students explain the connection between animal morphology and their habitats.
Here is a fabulous lesson plan 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 lesson plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class. Excellent cross-curricular activites are found throughout.
Third graders discuss salmon and their life cycle.  In this salmon life cycle lesson, 3rd graders recognize the difficulties researching the life cycle of salmon as they migrate.  Students conduct an experiment and create a game.
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. For 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 examine the journey of the Pacific salmon. In this salmon species lesson, students review the stages of the salmon life cycle and conduct an experiment to determine how the water and habitat changes during each stage.
Learners explore oceanography by researching migrating fish. In this Pacific Salmon lesson, students participate in a board game activity in which they move a salmon through their annual journey to the spawning habitat upstream. Learners complete a stream micro-habitat worksheet in class after researching the salmon migration further.
Students identify the stages of the salmon life cycle. For this fish lesson, students experience first hand what it would be like to be a returning salmon attempting to identify a home stream by smell.
Students list salmon life cycle stages in order, list three threats that salmon face throughout their lives, and examine important role native fish play in aquatic food chains throughout their life cycles.
Students research the various aspects of transgenic salmon. In stakeholder groups, they create posters intended to sway voters for or against the creation of transgenic salmon. They also write an individual position paper on the subject.
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. 
Learners have discussions and complete activities about the pacific salmon life cycle and marine parasites. In this salmon lesson plan, students complete activities such as observing sea lice, playing a tag game, and a board game.
Students inquire about biology by identifying the life stages of a fish. In this salmon lesson, 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.
Students read a life cycle chart and gather information from the Internet to explore salmon life cycles. The class creates a chart showing habitat requirements at each life stage.
Students examine how salmon find their way to their home stream during migration.  In this migration lesson students see some of the different migratory challenges that salmon face and see how humans affect the migration by completing an activity.
Students read a life cycle chart and gather information from the Internet to examine salmon life cycles. The class creates a chart showing habitat requirements at each life stage.
Pupils build a fish trap across a small stream. The purpose of the trap is to collect baseline data of Oncorhynchus kisutch, Coho salmon, smolt numbers coming out of a spring-fed pond. Other biological data also be measured.
In this Scarlet Salmon learning exercise, students watch the video Scarlet Salmon and answer fill in the blank and short answer questions about it. Students complete 41 questions about the video.
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.

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