Life Cycle of the Pacific Salmon
Students illustrate and sequence the life cycle of Pacific salmon.
You may wish to give students background information on the life cycle of Pacific salmon.
What You Need
- paper 14" to 17" long
- markers or crayons
- glue or tape
- hole punch
- blank U.S. map (PDF file)
What to Do
- Have students draw picture blocks or a cartoon strip, showing in order the five life-cycle forms of Pacific salmon:
- eggs in the stream gravel
- embryo in the stream gravel
- fry in the home stream
- fingerlings traveling downstream
- adults in the ocean and traveling back upstream
- Tape the ends of the picture together so that it forms a circle to illustrate the never-ending circle of life.
- Punch holes in the top of the picture and hang it from the ceiling of the classroom.
- Have students label on a blank U.S. map:
- the Columbia and Snake rivers
- the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho
- Have students pretend they are Pacific salmon and write a “Life Cycle Diary” describing their adventures.