This series of salmon education videos is called Forest & Fins. It is designed for students in grades 5 through 8. With each video, we cover one of the life cycles of Pacific Northwest salmon as well as a topic related to salmon and their environment. These topics include:
- Elements of a healthy salmon stream
- Identifying native and non-native plants in your area
- How to measure water quality (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphate and turbidity)
- Current threats to salmon in nature
- How salmon provide essential nutrients to the forest ecoysystem, and
- How you can be a steward for salmon in your day-to-day life
Several of these videos include downloadable worksheets with accompanying activities for students.
Your lesson plan begins below…
Lesson 1: Memorize our Five Salmon
Memorize the names of our five Pacific Northwest salmon using a simple trick with just your fingers.
Lesson 2: Eggs & Modeling a Healthy Salmon Stream
Learn about salmon eggs as well as the key elements of a healthy salmon stream and create your own model of a salmon stream
Lesson 3: Alevin & Riparian Zones
Learn about Alevin as well as the importance of plants growing alongside a stream. Use our plant identification sheets to identify native and non-native plants in your neighborhood.
Lesson 4: Salmon Fry & Macroinvertebrates
Learn about salmon fry as well as how macroinvertebrates indicate the health of a stream.
Lesson 5: Smolts & Water Quality
Learn how to measure the temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphate, and turbidity of water. Then use Google Maps to find a stream near your home and follow it to the Puget Sound.
Lesson 6: Adults & Threats to Salmon
Learn about human-induced threats to salmon.
Lesson 7: Spawners & the Forest Ecosystem
Learn how returning salmon provide essential nutrients to the forest ecosystem.
Lesson 8: Ways to be a Steward for Salmon
In conclusion, we present ideas for how you can be a steward for salmon and their environment.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has more online curriculums for you to explore.