Teacher's Corner


Our talented participants use their salmon tanks in unique and creative ways!  Our participants are located all over Clark County, and have few chances to connect with each other.  Whenever we visit participating schools, we try to capture a few new ideas to share with the group.  Browse these ideas below, along with project learning goals submitted by teachers in their Participating Agreements.

49th St Academy - Natalie Todd

SITC Learning Goals: Our students will be completing art projects related to salmon anatomy and salmon life cycles.

Inside the classroom: Natalie works with students with cognitive disabilities, and created a salmon habitat scavenger hunt sheet appropriate for her students!

Alki Middle - Don Buss

SITC Learning Goals: Water quality monitoring; Watershed brochure with life cycle; Model ecosystem

Amboy Middle - Karin Snow

SITC Learning Goals: Water quality monitoring; Model ecosystem; Real fish dissection

Burton Elementary - Steve Miller

SITC Learning Goals: We love doing a dissection every year.  We also do salmon wheel life cycles, and various art projects as well as anatomy and habitat studies.

CAM Academy - Mike Clapp

CAM Academy's SITC Learning Goals: Our class participates in the Water Resources Education Center's Watershed Monitoring Network.  We are involved in water quality monitoring for the E. Fork Lewis River at Lewisville Park.  We usually see salmon spawning in the river during our fall monitoring.

Inside the classroom: Mike is a macroinvertebrate guru who actually made the macro ID guides we use for our programs at Columbia Springs!  If you do water quality monitoring but have NOT looked at his website, you are really missing out!!!  He maintains a wealth of information and resources on his site, a few of those resources are linked below.

Cape Horn Skye Elementary - Kam Lawrence and Alice Yang

SITC Learning Goals: This year we would like to use our salmon tank to study our grade level NGSS of environments of living things.  We also will use it to study how human activity and climate change affect our rivers and salmon.

Inside the classroom: Kam and Alice have been true problem solvers from day 1 as SITC participants, and use the salmon to create excitement among their 4th grade students.  They've done a Macroinvertebrate Exploration and Macro Mayhem with SITC.

Cascade Middle - Tom Bergemann

SITC Learning Goals: We use the salmon life-cycle and a related video + reading to discuss the environmental needs of salmon and human impacts on their environment. Plus, 7th graders think it is very cool to watch the eggs hatch and develop.

CASEE Center - Richard Hogg and Rod Hallman

SITC Learning Goals: Understanding of salmon habitat requirements; Life cycle; Measurement - growth; Developmental stages; Water quality testing.

Inside the classroom: CASEE has been involved with SITC for years, and raised 10,000 coho eggs in a streamside incubator for a number of years.  Students have done a number of salmon activities throughout the years, including watching Running the Gauntlet (click here for Running the Gauntlet worksheet), reading Salmon Nation (click here for Salmon Nation worksheet), learning about Salmon habitat and riparian zones, and giving debate-style presentations

Chief Middle - Marrion Baty

SITC Learning Goals: The salmon tank will be used as a model ecosystem.  Part of the 5th grade science kit for Battle Ground is ecosystems and the students make one for plants and insects.  There is also one for goldfish, but the salmon tank will replace that activity.  The students will be drawing and labeling a salmon once they have learned about the fish anatomy.  If there is an opportunity to do a fish dissection I would like to have the students involved.  The students will be monitoring the water quality of the tank and also studying macro and micro invertebrates.  

Chief Middle - Bryan Moxley

SITC Learning Goals: This year I am jumping into the salmon big time.  We will start by making a fish diagram and labeling all the parts of a fish.  We will then discuss how those parts make a system in which the salmon live.  We will also discuss the different parts of the salmon tank and how those parts represent an actual part of the watershed.  I have put a measuring window on the tank so students can record the growth of our salmon.

Clark College - Phil Jones

SITC Learning Goals: The BIOL 100 class will use the tank as a model ecosystem as well as providing a discussion point during our salmon natural selection simulation laboratory.  The BIOL 221 class (Ecology and Evolution) uses the tank in discussing salmon life cycles and ecological requirements for long term perpetuation of the species.

Inside the classroom: Check out this amazing natural selection simulation Phil shared with us... if you're interested in genetics, inheritance, natural selection, or Hardy-Weinberg, this worksheet is for YOU! 

Columbia River High - Tim Smith

Columbia Valley Elementary - DeAnn VanNess

SITC Learning Goals: We plan on scheduling fish dissections and salmon release field trip.

Crestline's SITC Learning Goals: Integrated science /social studies / literacy yearlong study/research; field trip to Oxbow Regional Park to study habitat; field trip to CPU to continue studying environmental impact on salmon; year-long salmon journal. 

Inside the classroom: The entire 4th grade uses the tank as a provocation for inquiry.  Students explore questions such as "What role does color have in the salmon life cycle?  How could you express that through water color?" and "How can we use acting to explore the salmon life cycle?"  Salmon journals, puppet shows, creating model salmon streams... Crestline does it all!!!  Click here for a virtual tour of the Crestline salmon wonderland.   

Daybreak Middle - Mike Walsh

SITC Learning Goals: Life cycle; fish ecosystem; Draw a fish and label body parts; Dissection

Eisenhower Elementary- Jan Keenan

SITC Learning Goals: Dissection

Evergreen High- Stephen Klauer

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Water Quality Testing, Salmon as Endangered Animals, Hatchery vs. Wild Fish

Firm Foundation - Tim Congdon

SITC Learning Goals: I want to make my students aware of human impact on the environment and get them to think through how we can protect the living organisms in our region.  I want them to think through our responsibilities in caring for our wildlife by giving them responsibility in monitoring the tank and the salmon.  I want them to understand the salmon life cycle and will have students keeping a journal throughout the year.

Fisher's Landing - Teresa Day

SITC Learning Goals: Model ecosystem; Brochure of a salmon life cycle as well as anatomy (structure / function)

Fort Vancouver High - Angela Fojtik

SITC Learning Goals: This tank will be used as a model ecosystem for both my NRC and biology classes.  We will compare it to natural stream habitat when we conduct water quality testing and sample macroinvertebrates at a local creek.  My NRC students will focus on human impacts on salmon and my biology students will learn anatomy through a dissection.

Gardner School of Arts and Science - Jared Renfro

SITC Learning Goals: Understanding of salmon life cycle; How they can adapt to two very different worlds, Computer art inspired by salmon.

Green Mountain School - Bill DeBerry

SITC Learning Goals: We will use the tank at Green Mountain School to demonstrate the necessary requirements of an ecosystem, to include food, water, shelter, and space.  Students will learn proper care techniques and understand the importance of clean water in the tank as well as in nature.  We will engage the SITC coordinator to visit our site and conduct a dissection lesson sot hat students understand the physiology of salmon.

Harmony Elementary - Toni Johnson

SITC Learning Goals: Salmon life cycle / timelines; Close reading / discussions; Relation to Environmental Detectives; Fish dissection

Hazel Dell - Kirk Fitzer

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Hockinson - Carolyn Blain and Renee Fern

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Hudson's Bay High - Amy Carpenter

SITC Learning Goals: Model ecosystem; Population study - mortality; Life cycle review.

Image Elementary - Lauren Fern

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King's Way Christian School- Sarah Murphy

SITC Learning Goals: Salmon Life Cycle, Dissection

La Center Elementary - Pete Sloniker

SITC Learning Goals: Watershed monitoring and awareness of salmon and their special needs; We will study anatomy and life cycle; We will connect math with hatching predictions; We do several art projects.

La Center High- Rebecca Morris

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Salmon Life Cycle, Water Quality Testing, Watershed Education

Laurin Middle- Darrell Kirkpatrick

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Salmon Life Cycle, Sea Life Paper Mache, Salmon as Endangered Species, River vs. Ocean Life, Hatchery vs. Wild Fish, Columbia Springs Field Trip, Fish Dissection

Martin Luther King Elementary- Jennifer Gay

SITC Learning Goals: Salmon Life Cycle

Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary- Robert McNabb

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Ogden Elementary School- Carol Patrick

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Water Quality Testing, Storm Drain Medallions, Fish Dissection

Orchards Elementary- Emily Humphrey

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystems, Salmon Life Cycle, Salmon Anatomy

Pacific Middle School- Tyler Carlson

SITC Learning Goals: Salmon Life Cycle, Water Quality Testing, Fish Dissection

Pioneer Elementary- Jayne Salisbury

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Salmon Life Cycle vs. other Animal Life Cycles, Fish Art Projects

River Homelink- Heather Williams

SITC Learning Goals: Salmon as Keystone Species, Fish Dissection

Riverside Christian- Heidi Kruger

SITC Learning Goals: Campus Ecosystem including the Local Watershed and Salmon

Roosevelt Elementary - Don Nissen

Roosevelt's SITC Learning Goals: I use the tank to raise Coho salmon as an introduction into streamside habitat environmental stewardship and research into the salmon species.  While in class, the students will participate in feeding and observing the salmon, cleaning and maintaining the tank, and their eventual release of the Coho into Burnt Bridge Creek (via a field trip in December).  With the delivery of the Coho eggs in January our class will also study the life cycle of salmon.   


Inside the Classroom: Don Nissen uses the fingerling delivery as an opportunity for students to practice writing and asking questions.  All good questions lead to more questions, which I pass along to the hatchery manager.  Click here to see responses from the hatchery manager!  Don also put the salmon bucket on the Doc Cam so students can all see and count their new salmon friends when they arrive.  Don's students walk to their release site at Burnt Bridge Creek.

Sacajawea Elementary- Ramona Lomeli

SITC Learning Goals: Watershed Monitoring, Salmon Life Cycle, Fish Dissection, Fish Art Project

Shahala Middle- Keith Johnson, Matt Love

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Sifton Elementary- Linda Albright-Campbell

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Fish Dissection, the Role of Salmon in an Ecosystem

South Ridge Elementary- Linda Wear

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Fish Dissection, Human Impacts on Salmon

St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary - Maricela Resendez

SITC Learning Goals: Salmon Life Cycle, Model Ecosystem

Sunset Elementary- Patrick Allen

SITC Learning Goals: Watershed Monitoring, Salmon Dissections

Tukes Valley Primary- Diane Hatfield

SITC Learning Goals: Model Ecosystem, Salmon Life Cycle and Habitat Projects, Fish Art, Fish Dissection