Salmon Run Activity

Chinook Salmonid Adults
Habitat: Open Ocean
Duration: 2-4 years
downstream from
fresh water to salt
water habitat
Swim back upstream to
orignial hatching ground
Adults find partners, lay eggs, and
die. Young fish hatch from their
Open Ocean threat:
Disease or injury
Predators such as shark, seabirds, sealions, and fishermen
transitioning to salt
water? Power
Upstream Threat:
Power plants
hatchery– disturbance of hatchery,
etc, developmental problems
Adults – May die of starvation before
finding suitable partner.
Salmon Fries and
Smolts must do a
variety of ageappropriate
physical activities,
such as doing
jumping jacks,
push-ups, situps
etc.. One “Shark
Attack” immunity
can be earned by
doing difficult or
Shark attack! Salmon Smolts
and adults must run to 4-6
different station to get tokens.
Tokens are earned by answering
trivia questions about fish
anatomy and the salmon
lifecycle. Bear and Power plant
immunities can be provided atSalmon Adults have to
jump through a
certain stations.
hopscotch like drawing
representing a fish
ladder. While they are
performing these tasks,
“bears” and
Salmon Eggs – Everyone hatches by
doing some sort of manual task, like
(dodgeball) may hit
balancing two ping-pong balls on
them with a ball to
top of each other for 30 seconds.
eliminate them.
Salmon Adults at the hatchery–
must wait for a partner from the
same team. No partner – they die!
Final Survivor Challenge! Last team
to win are the “Salmon Survivors!”
Other survivor challenges
Decorate the room in a Hawaiian theme – tiki torches, tribal banners.
Pre Salmon Survivor worksheet or research activity so the students are well versed in the salmon
lifecycle, fish anatomy, river ecology, and can answer the majority of the trivia questions. Keep track
of points of each team.
On the day of the Salmon Run Survivor! Start with giving students bandanas representing their two
teams/two species. At the end, they must wait for a partner of the same species to answer the final
During game day, use a mixture of physical and academic activities.
Activities: Have the students recite a funny fish-related song or poem to earn a token.
Finding gummy worms hidden in a bucket of sand.
Helpers at station – Prior to game day, have the students select their fastest runners from each team as
the smolts. Have the teams pick, or ask for volunteers of student helpers.
Building card houses
Fold an origami figure
Put together a puzzle with blocks
Remember and repeate back ever increasing long strings of words
Tie? Students can play jenga to see who wins.
Present an idol and a medol to the Salmon Run Survivor. The winning team can earn points.
Duration: game can be conducted during one day or over several days.