6-8 Grade Unit

Lesson five

Materials: quiz 1, journals, salmon purse pattern for girls, shell bag pattern for boys, pencils/permanent markers, scissors, scrapers, white fish or grayling skins, gloves, gallon size Ziploc bags, and newspapers.

Objectives: the students will be tested on the vocabulary and information learned thus far in the unit. The students will learn the skills needed to copy a pattern onto the salmon skin and cut it out. The students will practice the Athabascan terms for the salmon parts.

Alaska Standards: Science A15, B1, B2, D1, and D2. Language Arts A1, A2, and B3. Math A2, C1, C4, D1, D2, D3, E2, and E3.

Cultural Standards: C1, C3, C5, C6, and C7.

Procedures: The teacher will hand out the tests for the first week of information learned in the unit. Students may not use their notes for the quiz. After all the students are done with the test, discuss the fish skin project you will require for the boys and the girls. The students can work in pairs for the math problem. Have the male students scale down a 7" x 5" bag pattern by 20%. Have the female students scale down a 8" x 5" bag pattern by 20%. The students will have to sign out that they have completed the math problem before they start to tan the fish skin assigned to them. The students must adhere to the strict safety precautions discussed and to the local customs of handling the fish skins.

Evaluation: the students will pass the quiz with a score of 70% or better. The students will successfully complete the math problem of scaling down the fish bag pattern. The students will start the process of tanning the fish skins. The students will review the skills in their journals. The teacher will evaluate the journals every two to three days for correct procedures.