Salmon Lesson 2

Salmon Lesson 2

Grade Level:

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Scope & Sequence:

Culture: People, Places, & Environment


Understand the cultural relationship between the Spokane People and the Salmon


Students will:

  • Have an understanding of the importance of the salmon to the Spokane people.
  • Understand the importance of sharing
  • Know the responsibilities of the Salmon Chief

Spokane Tribal Values

  • Relationship
  • respect
  • generosity


  • Salmon smOid
  • Salmon Chief DmtWile/
  • Spearing Ou/min
  • Spear smuLmn
  • Fishing QQMeYe/

Lesson Plan

The teacher will:

Talk about the Salmon Chief, the importance of the salmon and distributing all the salmon harvest among all the people.


  • K-W-L
  • Mind Mapping


Read or hand out: River of Kings In Years Past, The Spokane River was home to Millions of Salmon, which brought bounty to the Region’s Tribes. Jim Kershner, Spokesman Review

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Lesson Assigned To:


Common Core Standards

Spokane Tribal Standards

Goal(s): Knowledge of Language, History and Culture

  • A.1 – Assume responsibility for their role in relation to the wellbeing of the cultural community and their life-long obligations as a community member;
  • A.6 – Live a life in accordance with the cultural values and traditions of the local community and integrate them into their everyday behavior;
  • A.7 – Determine the place of their cultural community in the regional, state, national and international political and economic systems;
  • B.2 – Make effective use of the knowledge, skills and ways of knowing from their own cultural traditions to learn about the larger world in which they live;
  • B.3 – Make appropriate choices regarding the long-term consequences of their actions;
  • E.1 – Recognize and build upon the inter-relationships that exists among the spiritual, natural and human realms in the world around them, as reflected in their own cultural traditions and beliefs as well as those of others;
  • E.2 – Understand the ecology and geography of the bioregion they inhabit;
  • E.8 – Identify and appreciate who they are and their place in the world.