Fish and Ladders: Grades 5-8

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Swim with the fishes. Learners simulate the migration of Chinook salmon. Groups pretend to be salmon, while others are predators, fishers, and hazards. The salmon start in the spawning area and swim downstream to the ocean until reaching the right age to swim back upstream to spawn. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide a description of the migration pattern to the class before doing the simulation
  • Research to determine estimated percentages of salmon lost to predators and human hazards
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to a large area for the simulation
  • Provides a listing of objectives for the activity
  • Contains a list of materials required for the simulation
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