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Creative Writing & The Life of Pacific Salmon

Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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In this lesson, students learn about the threats that salmon face, collaborate in an oral storytelling exercise, and share their personal perspectives with local stakeholders.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss the salmon life cycle, salmon habitat needs, and threats salmon face due to climate change or human impacts and connect to their lived experience with oral storytelling.

Step 2 - Investigate:  Students use their senses and go on an imaginative field trip to incorporate details into their salmon stories.

Step 3 - Inspire:  Students use a group storytelling technique called Story Spine to tell their own salmon and climate stories and share them with local stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Tell a story using appropriate facts and descriptive details.
  • Create improvised stories from the perspective of salmon in their natural environment.
  • Use storytelling to share stories about the salmon life cycle, habitat needs, and climate-related threats to salmon.

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Lesson Plan
October 25, 2023
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