Reflection: High Quality Task Salmon Species - Section 3: Independent Practice


The use of the salmon camera as an instructional task is dependent on the time of year. The salmon on the Columbia River typically run between March and October with heavy salmon traffic in April - June. If teaching this unit in the winter, it is common to see only steelhead trout on the salmon camera. I recommend using an alternate activity (such as showing still photos) to students if teaching this unit in an off season.

In my lesson, the students were very successful at identifying both the species and gender of the salmon we saw on the camera. They were able to use the presence of hooked jaws and humped backs as characteristics of male salmon. We were only able to see coho and chinook salmon, so I will be supplementing this lesson with photo cards to help give students the chance to practice identifying other species.

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Salmon Species

Unit 8: Salmon
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify the five species of Pacific Salmon.

Big Idea: There are 5 species of Pacific salmon. Different species can be identified by their physical characteristics.

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Science, Biology / Life Science, life cycle, Salmon
  60 minutes
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