How to Grow Fish

Chinook eggs
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Students investigate the reason fish hatcheries were built in the late 1800s in Washington state and study the role hatcheries play today. The lesson begins with a picture-based PowerPoint and accompanying historical outline. Students then take an interactive tour through Washington fish hatcheries, and explore how fish are spawned, grown, and released.

Students put themselves in the role of a hatchery worker where they must visualize and examine the different values they balance. The lesson culminates with students writing a short story highlighting reasons they think hatcheries play a role in Washington's economy, environment, and culture. 

Lesson plan

How to Grow Fish  (PDF)

Supporting materials