Fourth graders learn the lifecycle of salmon | School brief

Oct 12, 2016

Fourth-grade students at Picnic Point Elementary recently had the opportunity to learn the lifecycle of a salmon using puppets that were loaned by the Seattle Aquarium.

The aquarium doesn’t usually allow the puppets to leave their Seattle facility, but they relented in this case thanks to the efforts of long-term substitute teacher Lynette Jordan.

“We are studying salmon, and knowing about the resources that the Seattle Aquarium has, I twisted their arm to allow us to use the salmon puppets to reinforce the life cycle of the salmon,” Jordan said.

Some of the puppets are large enough that students can actually stand inside them and hold them up.

Jordan created a game to go along with the puppets to help the students learn. The game is designed in such a way that all of the students can have a chance to be a part of the cycle and learn from the situation.

She is a retired education specialist who worked for the Mukilteo School District for many years.

Jordan also brought the puppets to the district about 15 years ago when she was a dean of students at a Mukilteo elementary school.

The puppets were commissioned by the aquarium at a cost of $500 each, but they were loaned to Picnic Point for free.

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