This is a 175 slide PowerPoint presentation with built-in class notes (red slides), built-in activities including a salmon simulation (done outdoors) that you can combine with the phys ed department that turns your students into salmon trying to survive the various obstacles within their life cycle. Also included are a built-in quiz, questions, 3 page homework, answer key, lesson notes, reading article with questions, video links, games, and much more.
A 165 slide Dam PowerPoint / Role Playing Dam Debate project that teaches about dams, their + and - , and has each member of the class become a town member and give a persuasive speech to the class / role play is also included.
This PowerPoint begins with with some great images of salmon and a description of salmon populations then and now. After a link to a John West video that catches the students off guard, the life cycle of salmon is described over a series of slides. Students learn and see images of Eggs, Alevin, Fry, Parr, Smolt, Adult, and Broodstock Spawner. Students then take a visual quiz 1-5 to name the correct part of a salmon life cycle. Answers are revealed after the quiz. The questions is previewed one last time before the answer is revealed. Systems to help salmon are then described in a series of slides. (Fish bypass systems, stocking and transportation, fish ladders, protection of spawning grounds) The importance of salmon to the forest ecosystem is also described with a focus on dead salmon who have successful spawned. A salmon simulation is described in series of slides. Students will need to go outside or have use of a gym. Each student in the class becomes a salmon. A map of the simulation is provided with directions. Salmon (students) begin as small Fry or Parr and must navigate a small river (rectangle of cones) with a few aquatic predators (birds / larger fish etc) Most students get out here by being tagged. A few make it to the hydroelectric dam (spinning jump rope). Some miss the fish bypass and get out because they got hit by the jump rope. Those who make it through the dam must gather food tokens in a large playing area (ocean). Large fish, killer whales, and fishing boats try to eat salmon here. If a student gets enough tokens they then head up river, and face some hula-hoop jumps. Some river seals and fisherman may get them. For the final challenge I dig out the high jump mats and bar. Maybe one or two students will make it to the end. I have run this activity with several teachers and over 125 kids at once. I have also teamed up with the physical education teacher to run the simulation with my science class and the gym class so not to change the schedule + increase numbers from one classroom to two. This allows more roles, better numbers. Just an awesome simulation when planned well. Students return to the classroom and answer questions. Answers are then provided. A series of slides show how only a few of the 8000 eggs laid may survive. A hidden box game ends this PowerPoint where boxes that are blocking a picture are removed one a time. Students try to be the first to guess the picture beneath. This is a really neat PowerPoint that involves the students every step of the way. Please see my Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit described below before purchasing this PowerPoint.
The Dam debate project which is part of my Flooding, Dams, and Levees Lesson is also included in this PowerPoint as an add on to studying salmon. In this PowerPoint, Dams are described and hydroelectricity addressed in a series of red slides. The important of dams (red slides) are described with visuals over many slides. The Three Gorges Dam in China, and the Aswan Dam in Egypt are given special reference to. A reading passage is provided with questions about the Aswan Dam. Students then learn what a Lock is. They watch an animation and try to describe how a lock works in three sentences. This is always a fun learning experience. Students then learn the parts of a dam. A series of challenge slides has the key terms to a dam blocked out. One at a time the terms are revealed. A term will become outlined in yellow on one slide, and then the answer is revealed on the next slide. Teacher can upon students to answer before revealing the answer beneath. A neat continuation of this activity has students translate a foreign language into the English vocabulary for a dam. The negatives of dams are briefly addressed. A video link to a Modern Marvels about + and - of dams is provided. This is a great overview of dams and provides plenty of positives and negatives, history, disasters, and how they work. Students record these positives and negatives for the next project. The final activity in the PowerPoint takes students to an important town meeting. We are introduced to 28 characters. 14 are for the construction of a hydroelectric dam, and 14 are against. Each has their own story and role within the town. Students see the people and the teacher places the names of each character on the floor and the students select one at random (I allow them to trade after) Students then research the pro's and cons of dams and write a persuasive speech in character. The speech day is always interesting as students come to speak in costume. Everyone always gets really into this project. This is a really neat PowerPoint that is full of activities that will involve your students. Please see my entire Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit described below before purchasing this PowerPoint.
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit (Salmon, Fish, and more)
Rivers and Watersheds Lesson
Water Quality, Pollution, Benthic Macro-Invertebrates, Stream Study Lesson
Flooding, Dams, and Levees Lesson
Fish, Fashion-A-Fish, Fish Body Types,and More
Salmon Unit and Dam Debate
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit Homework, Answer Keys, and Lesson Notes, -FREE
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Free PowerPoint Review Game, -FREE
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit Crossword Puzzle and Solution
Entire 4 Year Curriculum, 20 Full Units, 50,000 Slides and Much More
This PowerPoint includes critical notes (Red Slides), exciting visuals, challenge questions, activities with directions and more. Text is usually placed at the top of the slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom. Color coded slides, as well as a shade technique is used to increase student focus and allows the teacher to control the pace of the lesson. These PowerPoints are meant to be as interactive as possible and ask many questions, provide built-in opportunity to review material, explain directions to activities, and much more. Transition effects are never used.
Please visit my other posting on TpT called the Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit which includes this PowerPoint within the 2150+ slide PowerPoint roadmap, 13 page bundled homework / assessment, 7 page modified assessment, detailed answer keys, and 14 pages of unit notes for students who may require assistance that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow. The answer keys and unit notes are great for support professionals. This larger file also includes one PowerPoint review games (110+ slides with Answers), 10 .flv videos, lab handouts, activity sheets, rubrics, materials list, templates, guides, and much more. Also included is a 190 slide first day of school PowerPoint presentation. Everything arrives in editable format and can be modified to fit any curriculum or time requirement.
Areas of Focus within The Rivers and Water Quality Unit: Watersheds, Rivers of the United States, Sections of a River, Parts of River (Vocabulary), Stream Order, Erosion and Deposition, Water Quality, Chemical Properties of Water, Bio-Indicators of Water Quality (EPT richness), Physical Properties of Water Quality, Rivers and Flooding, Factors that Control Flooding, Types of Flooding,Tsunami's, Wetlands, Flood Prevention, Levees, Dams and Ecosystem, Importance of Dams, Impacts of Dams,Hydropower, Parts of Dam, Salmon (Life Cycle), Systems of Help Salmon, Fish (General), Layering in a Lake, Lake Turnover, Nutrients and Lakes.
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