THE LIFE OF SALMO!
SALMON'S TALE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The Salmon’s Tale educational program enables learning through research and discovery. It is designed to meet several curricular objectives for English reading comprehension, written expression and oral expression, as well as objectives in the mathematics, geography and natural sciences programs.
The program is focused on the rearing of young salmon from the fertilized egg stage to the stocking of fry in rivers. Incubators are installed in schools to host fertilized salmon eggs from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) Fish Hatchery in Tadoussac and the Société Saumon de la rivière Romaine (SSRR) Hatchery in Havre-Saint-Pierre. Students are then able to witness the hatching of the eggs and the development of the fry until they are ready to be stocked in the river.
This program helps raise students’ awareness of issues related to Atlantic salmon and its rivers, but also to the environment in general and the impact that we have on our surroundings. Students get to learn about the King of the River through English, math, biology, and ecology learning activities. The educational material is designed to integrate various concepts from different school subjects.
The student workbook, which can be purchased by schools or printed directly from the online document, includes multiple-choice or short answer questions, associative games, gap-filling texts, crossword puzzles, and a role-playing game based on environmental issues concerning the use and exploitation of salmon rivers.
THE ROLE OF THE FQSA
The role of the FQSA is to provide the delivery of salmon eggs and food to participating classes in the months of February-March and to provide remote technical support. We also ensure contact between various Salmon’s Tale partner organizations and schools when needed for additional support. In addition, we make the necessary arrangements with the Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks to ensure that all schools have the required permits to keep salmon in captivity and to be able to release them into the river at an authorized location.
The FQSA invites you to do a short presentation on salmon and its life cycle to the classroom upon delivery of the eggs (according to your schedule). We provide you with a teacher’s manual that serves not only to mark the exercises in the student workbook, but also to guide you throughout the program. We can also help you organize the stocking process in June.
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