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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.
Learners illustrate the five life-cycle forms of Pacific salmon by creating picture blocks or cartoon strips of the process. They determine the number of states in the US, the Pacific salmon swim through.
Students use roll playing to discuss the merits of tearing down these dams so that the Elwha River can run free. The activity is presented in the form of a council meeting to encourage students to try to build consensus in finding solutions.
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.
Learners 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.
High schoolers explore ecosystems. In this population growth activity, students develop hypotheses about the reasons for fluctuation in population growth for salmon. They use specific website (outlined in this activity) to research this topic. This activity includes adaptations and step by step instructions for finding information on the internet.
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the ethics of acquiring and distributing fish as a food source. They touch on the ethics involved in genetically modified salmon, as well.
Students examine the theories behind the drastic decline of the wild salmon population and the ecological ramifications of this decline.
Students study the Pacific salmon and see the different challenges they face. In this environment lesson students complete several activities that show how humans have affected the salmon environment. These activities have varying levels of detail and can be spread over more lessons if required.
Students evaluate biology by identifying fish characteristics. In this salmon lesson plan, students attend a field trip to a body of water and examine live fish while writing down observations. Students answer study questions based on salmon and complete biological worksheets.
Students learn the habitat requirements for steelhead/salmon and how diversion of water from their habitat for human use is impacting their populations.
Students identify what information they would need to make a decision about the breaching of a dam in order to save wild salmon. They evaluate the scenario in depth focusing on the economic impact on the community, and the salmon.
Learners research trout and salmon and create a report. In this trout and salmon lesson plan, students research where trout live in the United States, fill out a graphic organizer, and create a report on their findings.
Students make a watershed out of pans, water, paints, rocks, and more, and describe how it could support life. For this watershed lesson plan, students also write a story about a salmon in their watershed.
Students describe the effects of over-harvest on a salmon population. They explain the importance of salmon to many communities in Alaska. They manage harvest levels to maintain a sustainable population.
Students study the conditions of salmon imprinting as the fish returns to spawn in its native waters. Scented cards are used to mimic the imprinting process as the student fishes search for and identify obstacles to reaching their native streams.
Sixth graders create a map to depict the relationship between human actions and salmon populations. They work in teams to research, design and produce a community map that show how industry and development affect salmon habitats.
For this salmon life cycle ;crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 20 clues to identify the correct words that will solve the crossword puzzle.
Students role-play salmon returning to original streams using their sense of smell like the salmon do. They smell cinnamon, vanilla and peppermint on cards and follow that scent to locations in the classroom that represent their original stream.
In this salmon life cycle word puzzle worksheet, students examine the 20 words and names in the word bank and locate them in the word search puzzle.