Project 1: Salmon Hatching Project
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international, non-profit organization that promotes the conservation and wise management of Atlantic salmon and its environment.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation has designed the Fish Friends program for use in elementary schools. Students hatch salmon in the classroom and release them to natural rivers and streams at the end of the school year. Communication and sharing is encouraged among the teacher sponsors and approximately 200 classes that participate in this project in the Atlantic Provinces.
Students will communicate their experiences and data collection with other students participating in the project. They will establish a web page on the Stellar Schools project to share this information.
Th textbook, The Atlantic Edge, has themes on conservation, ecology and the ocean and fishing in the Newfoundland economy. Students will use geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information.
Students will develop their skill in journal writing, descriptive writing, research and poems. They will develop skills in reading/interpreting, information literacy skills and online communications.
The environment, technology and conservation are themes developed in the Science program. Students will learn about the habitat, life cycle and conservation of Atlantic salmon and the influence humans have on the environment.
The Stellar Schools Internet connection is essential to the success of our project and will enhance this project by permitting several students to go online concurrently.
Now, there is only one computer connected to the Internet making it very time consuming for each student to surf the web collecting information.
Resources include a networked computer laboratory with 26 computers, one printer, one scanner and one modem. Other resources include resources located in the school classroom and resource centre including books, magazines and videos. The school has a theme developed by ASF, a fish tank and salmon eggs and food provided by an Atlantic salmon farming enterprise in the province.
Students will be evaluated on the Learning Outcomes listed above, anecdotal records and observation by teachers participating in the project. Students will collect, organise, present and evaluate information on the Atlantic salmmon individually and in groups. They will be evaluated on their ability to organize and stay on track during the project. Their awareness and concern for the salmon and their environment and their published report will be a major component in the evaluation. This is a continuing yearly project.
We believe that this project will create an awareness of the of the importance of technology in communications, the conservation of salmon in our environment, the role of the environment in our future and the value of becoming global citizens.