Salmon and Steelhead Life Stories Web Search

Introduction
The Task
The Process
Resources

Introduction
Imagine what your life would be like if you were a salmon or steelhead! Starting out as an egg in a creek bed, you hatch and grow and make your way hundreds of miles to the open ocean and then back again.

By studying about the life cycle and migration of salmon and/or steelhead in your area, you will learn:

  • How salmon and steelhead change at different stages of their lives
  • Where they live at each stage
  • What they need to survive at each stage
  • What challenges they face at each stage
  • What people can do to help salmon and steelhead

The Task
Your job in this web search is to learn about the life cycle and migration path of salmon and/or steelhead in your local area. As you conduct your search, you will answer a set of questions about salmon and steelhead. Then, you will use your answers to write a story about the life of a salmon or steelhead that hatches in your local creek.

The Process

  1. Read over the following questions. You will be looking for answers to these questions as you visit the different web sites below.
    • What species of salmon and/or steelhead live, or used to live, in your local watershed? Choose one species to study.
    • What are the different stages of the salmon or steelhead life cycle?
    • For each stage of the salmon or steelhead life cycle:
      • What is the name of the stage?
      • What does the salmon or steelhead look like?
      • What size is it?
      • What is its habitat? Where does it live? (Describe the location in as much detail as you can. What’s the name of the creek or river?)
      • What does it need to thrive?
      • What threats does it face?
      • How do people affect it?
      • What can people do to help it?
  2. Use the web sites below to conduct your search. You will need to visit several different web sites to answer these questions. Take notes in your own words, using the “Salmon and Steelhead Life Cycle” worksheet.
  3. Read some sample stories about salmon and steelhead with your group to compare different writing styles.
  4. Use your notes to write a story about a salmon or steelhead from your local creek. Your story should include:
    • A title
    • A description of every life cycle stage, including:
      • What the salmon or steelhead looks like at that stage
      • Its habitat and where it is at that stage (describing the place in as much detail as you can, including the name of the creek or river)
      • What specific things it needs to survive at that stage
      • What threats or obstacles it faces at that stage
      • What people can do to help salmon and steelhead
    • Literary devices such as metaphors, symbolism, or imagery (or others identified by your teacher).

Resources
Look at these web sites to help you answer the questions about salmon and steelhead life cycles.

 

Stages of the salmon and steelhead life cycles


What salmon and steelhead eggs need


Migration patterns


How people affect salmon and steelhead