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Hooks and Ladders PE Activity at Grand Ridge Helps Tie Together Salmon Unit for 3rd Graders

Hooks and Ladders PE Activity at Grand Ridge Helps Tie Together Salmon Unit for 3rd Graders

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 27 October, 2016
Across the Issaquah School District 3rd grade classes start off the year with a six week unit on Salmon. While in the unit, students explore the salmon lifecycle through a series of projects including anatomy lessons, read-alouds, board games, drawing lessons, species identification, mapping of the migration route, and a lifecycle simulation activity in PE. The unit concludes with an all grade field trip to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for an in person look into Issaquah's efforts to aid in the salmon lifecycle. 

We visited Andy Hogle's PE class at Grand Ridge Elementary, where students took turns being salmon while their classmates created the many obstacles salmon face during their lifecycle. "Salmon" rode on their bellies on scooters through different stations, including a dam turbine made from foam noodles, beanbags that represented natural predators, and a parachute that symbolized a fishing net. The students were all smiles and they acted out the lives of the salmon they've studied since school started.