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The Explore the River Curriculum
This curriculum is designed for K-12 schools and is framed by the Tribes' cultural values and history. It teaches the essentials of hydrology, aquatic and riparian habitat, fish biology, human impacts to the river, and the principles of restoration.
A Values-Based, Multimedia Curriculum with Integrated Content Areas
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This curriculum is uniquely place-based, focused on the Jocko River and the Tribes’ restoration efforts, but the concepts and principles it teaches apply to all rivers. The curriculum is also values-based in that it is built upon the rich cultural values and history of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people. Through it, students will gain an understanding of what makes a healthy river and how healthy rivers support an abundance of native fish and other animals, plants, and insects. Students will develop and practice critical skills sets, including literacy, applied math, research, listening, speaking, and the application of technology.

Indeed, this curriculum is deeply integrated, connecting many content areas, skill sets, and conceptual understandings. This curriculum, in keeping with the traditional ways of teaching and learning among the Salish and Pend d’Oreille, blurs the artificial lines drawn between content areas. While some lessons are ideal for a science course, others lend themselves to being taught in language arts, and still other elements or lessons provide significant content in areas of history, culture, art, math, library media, and technology.

The curriculum is broken into 14 lessons. Some take a single class period, others unfold over as many as 6 to 10. The actual amount of time a lesson takes will depend on the students’ ages and background knowledge and the teacher’s choice of strategies or extensions.
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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Natural Resources Department
Box 278
Pablo, MT 59855

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