6-8 Grade Unit

Lesson two

Materials: Whole salmon, old newspapers, knife, journals, pencils, weight scale, paper towels and rubber gloves if needed.

Objective: the students will learn the names of the inside parts of the dog salmon in English and Athabascan. The students will learn the weight of each part of the salmon and draw a percentage value for each part compared to the whole salmon.

Alaska Standards: Science A15, B1, B5, B6, D1, and D2. Language Arts A1, A2, B3, C1, and C2. Math A2, C1, C4, D1, D2, D3, E2, and E3.

Cultural Standards: A3, B1, B2, C1, C2, C3, C4, and C5.

Procedures: The teacher will dissect the salmon with the students while explaining and naming the different parts in modern terms as well as Athabascan. The teacher and students will estimate the weight of the inner parts of the salmon and estimate the percentage of each part compared to the whole salmon. The teacher will also point out the purposes for each part. The students will weigh each part as it is taken off the fish and write down the information in their journal. The students will have to draw a chart to explain the weight of each part and figure out what percentage of the whole salmon that part is. The teacher and students will discuss the estimation and the final weights/percentages.

Evaluation: Each student will write the Athabascan terms in his or her journal. Each student will record the weight of each part and it's purpose in his or her journal. Each student must turn in a chart of the estimated guesses and the completed weights/percentages. The teacher will evaluate the journals every two to three days for correct procedures.