Science 7: Fish Monitoring
This lesson meets cross-curricular outcomes for Science 7, Social Studies 7, and English Language Arts 7. Students will learn the significant relationship between humans and the ecosystems in the circumpolar region, including the consequences of human activities on the environment and how to monitor those changes. They will also write a persuasive letter explaining their position on an environmental issue.
Students will learn the significant relationship between humans and the ecosystems of which they are part, including the consequences of human activities on the environment and how to monitor those changes. This lesson shares several excerpts from the Tracking Change reports that includes quotes from Elders, land users and community members on indicators of fish health.
Human societies are a major part of their local ecosystems, and human activities have both direct and indirect impacts on those ecosystems. One of these impacts is on fish habitat, health, and population – including the fish human beings rely on for food. This lesson introduces students to the concept of fish monitoring through Indigenous knowledge systems, the indicators of fish health used, and how to monitor fish habitat, health, and populations.
Key questions for student inquiry:
How can I know if the fish in my community are healthy to eat? What are some of the ways changes to fish health is being monitored?
In classroom, with an on-the-land extension
Length of activity:
135 minutes / 3 class periods [1.5 class periods periods for video and introduction, and 1.5 class periods for letter writing] (plus an optional extension)]