Salmon in the Classroom Lab Stations
In an effort to maximize productivity in each group, we allow students to request partners. They are responsible for identifying three (3) individuals that they work well with and three (3) individuals that they do not work well with. Students are informed that we will not be able to accommodate all students having the individuals they have chosen in their group. If we are unable to put a person that they work well within their group, then we will be sure to not put someone in their group that they do not work well with. It's a "one or the other" situation. Below is the document that we use for this process. Group Request FormLab Station LocationsIn an effort to help students identify the locations that each lab station takes place on the release day, Mr. Winsor created a video showing lab station locations. The video can be found below.Lab Station 1: Salmon ReleaseOver the course of the day, you will be completing a number of labs. Lab station number 1 will be your salmon release. Each group is responsible for acclimating and releasing our salmon. Depending on the school year we may have a large number of salmon to release. You may not move on to lab station number 2 until all of the salmon are released. Follow the instructions in the lab manual under lab station number 1 to properly acclimate your fish. It is imperative that you measure every fish that you release and record that information in your data sheet.Lab Station 2: Water Quality AnalysisStudents are responsible for performing a water quality analysis of the water in Fish Creek. The purpose of this is to identify any potential problems with the creek water that would hinder our salmon from surviving there. You can find procedures for the lab at the lab station. Refer to your lab manual to thoroughly complete the lab. You must perform the tests and record the data in your data sheet. You will perform the following tests while at lab station number 2; Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Dissolved Oxygen, Temperature, and pH.Lab Station 3: Macroinvertebrate StudyStudents Create a pie chart of the population of macroinvertebrates found in the creek. The pie chart will be added to the final lab report. Each group is responsible for collecting a new sample of macros and counting the number of each species found. We quantify the numbers of macros into a data table with every group's data.Lab Station 4: Producer IdentificationStudents spend the lab station time identifying the various producers found around the stream. These producers form the base of the food chain and supply food to macroinvertebrates which allow for that population to increase. A large number of macroinvertebrates will supply food to our salmon while they live in the creek.Lab Station 5: Fish Population StudyDepartment of Environmental Quality Biologists and Engineers perform an electro-shock on the steam in order to collect a variety of fish from the body of water. Students must correctly identify the species of fish, the number of them collected, and also measure each fish. Students use this information to create a pie graph of the stream population of fish and also a box-and-whisker plot of the fish lengths for each species.Lab Station 6: Stream Velocity StudyStudents collect data on the stream velocity in various locations across the width of the river. Students then take samples of sediments at those locations in order to identify a correlation between stream velocity and sediment sorting. The data is used in a line graph to visually represent the correlation.Lab Station 7: Habitat AnalysisStudents spend time identifying the various habitat requirements of salmon and then matching those needs to the actual conditions present in Fish Creek. This lab station and a combination of others will be used by students to make a final determination as to the likelihood of our salmon surviving and returning to continue their life cycle.Lab Station 8: Fishing (on your free time)Students are given time during the day to fish. Any fish that are caught are identified and measured. This data is added to the collected information from lab station number five and used in the creation of the population graph and box-and-whisker plot.River Clean-upAt the end of our day, we spend time cleaning up the steam-side. The goal is to remove any pollution that could end up in the river system.
Standards Alignment Next Generation Science Common Core State Standards - Literacy Common Core State Standards - Math
Salmon Release Day Lab Manual & DocumentsSalmon in the Classroom Press ReleaseRelease Day & Report MaterialsPermission SlipsWatershed Information