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Partnership with Puyallup Fish Hatchery
Partnership with Fish Hatchery offers science opportunity
Posted on 10/17/2016
Partnership with Fish Hatchery offers science opportunity

Fourth grade students will soon learn about salmon, migration, and human impacts to habitats through a hands-on field trip to the Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery.

The science curriculum and a partnership with the hatchery will provide field experience directly tied to the fourth grade science standards.

The field trips begin November 8. There will be 25-30 fourth-grade classes attending the two-hour trip where students will cycle through five stations learning about:  

  1. Human Impacts;
  2. Salmon Life Cycle;
  3. Salmon Habitat;
  4. Salmon Spawning; and
  5. Migration

Each of the stations are interactive and students will be engaged with hands-on learning at the hatchery. 

Puyallup fourth-grade teachers attended a three hour training during the summer to prepare them for the field trip. They started their day at the hatchery where they received an overview of the purpose for the science trip, took a tour of the hatchery, and then participated in each of the five activity stations. 

Teachers will engage their students through five pre-lessons prior to going on the field trip. These lessons are designed to build background knowledge. Students will return to school and follow up with post lessons.

Director of Student Learning Cari Ake said the partnership with the hatchery began in the spring of 2015 through conversations with members from the Puyallup Historical Hatchery Foundation, Patty Carter, Georga Lewis-Prossick and Richard Johnson. Teacher Stephanie Haegele, 2015 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, was asked to work with Pacific Education Institute to develop a fourth grade field investigations program that utilized the Puyallup Fish Hatchery. Puyallup High School Teacher, Dave Wetzel invited Chief Academic Officer Christine Moloney to visit the fish hatchery in early spring of 2015 and discussions began on how the Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery could be a great asset to the Puyallup School District in support of the science curriculum. “There was a natural and direct connection to our fifth- and sixth-grade field investigations at the Decoursey pond and at the Washington State University extension center,” said Ake.

“The fourth grade hatchery science trip is a wonderful way to provide an engaging, hands-on learning experience for our students. This experience will increase their understanding of our local environment and the direct impact we have on the wildlife, especially the fish. Students will be able to make direct connections to our community and how our local ecosystem can positively impact other communities outside of Washington State. I am so excited that our students will be able to be a part of a community partnership.”
 - Cari Ake