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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.
Students 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 worksheet, 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.
Students 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.
Students observe patterns and scale sizes on the salmon skin. They explore the tanning of salmon skills and practice the Athabascan terms for the salmon parts. They make salmon skin prints.
Students study the life cycle of the Dog Salmon while practicing naming the outside parts of the salmon in both English and Athabascan. They record observations in journals.
Learners identify the inside parts of a dog salmon in English and Athabascan. They weigh each part of the salmon and determine the percentage of the whole that the part represents.
Students culminate the Dog Salmon Unit by writing a one page paper on their reflections and experience. They synthesize the Athabascan terms for the salmon parts.
Students explore ecosystems. In this population growth lesson, students develop hypotheses about the reasons for fluctuation in population growth for salmon. They use specific website (outlined in this lesson) to research this topic. This lesson includes adaptations and step by step instructions for finding information on the internet.
Studnets serve an afternoon tea in order to exhibit the Dog Salmon projects they completed. They take quizzes as a unit assessment.
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.
Young scholars examine the theories behind the drastic decline of the wild salmon population and the ecological ramifications of this decline.
Learners 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, 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.
Young scholars determine the impact of permafrost to the surrounding ecology. In this thermal erosion lesson, students examine the tributaries, communities and permafrost regions of the Yukon River. They evaluate the impact to the salmon survival rate.
Fourth graders examine the effects of human activities on the physical environment. In this geography lesson, 4th graders study areas in the West region of the United States. Students watch a video about the depletion of salmon in this area and use graphic organizers to record information. Students write a paper expressing ideas on how to preserve the salmon population.
Young scholars learn the habitat requirements for steelhead/salmon and how diversion of water from their habitat for human use is impacting their populations.
Middle and high schoolers are introduced to the aquaculture of British Columbia. As a class, they identify the issue of wild salmon and aquaculture. Using the Internet, they research information on a topic related to aquaculture and evaluate the website's credibility. They decide on a position by considering arguments raised by various perspectives and translate their ideas into a paper.