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6-8 Grade Unit
Lesson six

Materials: fish skins, fish skin scrapers, Ziploc bags, patterns, scissors, glue gun, glue sticks, beads, thread, needles, pencils/markers, and journals.

Objectives: the students will apply the skills learned to start a salmon skin bag. The students will practice the Athabascan terms for the salmon parts.

Alaska Standards: Science A15, B2, D1, and D2. Language Arts B3, C1, and C3.

Cultural Standards: A2, A3, B2, C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, and C7.

Procedures: After the students have tanned their fish skin, they must use the fish bag pattern they have to draw the pattern on the fish skin using a permanent marker. The students will cut out the pattern on the fish skin and start sewing the fish skin bag together with the help of the Elder and teacher. Each student must have a Ziploc bag or cubby for all the materials needed for their project. The more energetic students may also do a beadwork design on the fish skin before sewing it together.

Evaluation: each student will review the process of salmon skin bags in their journals. The students will compile all the materials needed to start the salmon skin bag. The teacher will evaluate the journals every two to three days for correct procedures.

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