Salmon Life Cycle And Parts Of A Salmon Printables and Hands on Activities

Exploring and learning about nature is an exciting and interactive way to engage children in science education. When it comes to salmon, there are countless opportunities to teach kids about their life cycle, different types, and unique anatomy. With the help of printable resources and hands-on activities, children can deepen their understanding of these fascinating creatures while having fun at the same time. In this post, we will discover some great resources that will assist in teaching kids about the salmon’s life cycle, types, and anatomy.

About salmon

Salmon is a very interesting type of fish and there is a lot to learn about it.

First of all, salmon is a collective name for several species of fish that live in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. These fish are born in fresh water, migrate to the sea and then return to their rivers of origin to reproduce.

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Salmon has an elongated body that is covered with scales and can grow up to 4 feet in length. They have a distinctive pinkish-orange color and a unique taste that makes it a popular food.

Not only is salmon delicious, but it is also highly nutritious. Salmon contains a lot of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your brain, heart and body in general. These fatty acids are essential for our body but can’t be produced, so we need to get them through our diet.

Salmon has an incredible life cycle. They hatch from eggs in freshwater streams or rivers and spend a part of their life in that freshwater before migrating to the ocean. They can spend one to eight years at sea, depending on the species. Once they are ready to reproduce, they swim upstream to their place of birth and complete their life cycle by laying eggs. This migration can take weeks and includes hopping cascades and overcoming obstacles like weirs and dams, which can be very challenging.

Unfortunately, salmon populations have been in decline due to habitat loss, overfishing, and climate change. This is a serious problem because salmon play a critical role in their ecosystems as a source of food for other animals and as an important commercial fishing resource.

Salmon is an amazing fish that has a fascinating life cycle and provides many health benefits. It is essential to protect and conserve these wonderful creatures so that they can continue to thrive in their habitats.

Salmon themed hands on Montessori Inspired for children

Salmon Life Cycle Game:
Create a board game that showcases the life cycle of a salmon. Divide the board into different stages of the salmon’s life (egg, alevin, fry, smolt, adult), and have players answer questions about each stage as they move around the board. This game teaches children about the different stages of salmon development and the importance of healthy salmon populations.

Salmon Migration Experiment:
Teach children about salmon migrations by having them simulate the journey of a salmon. Create a model river system using a large tub or pool. Fill it with water and place salmon cutouts in the water. Have children use pipettes to “swim” the salmon upstream or downstream, mimicking the challenges that salmon face during their migration. This experiment helps children understand the physical barriers and adaptations that salmon must make during their migration.

Salmon Dissection:
For older children interested in biology, a salmon dissection can be a great way to learn about the anatomy of the fish. Provide a small salmon for each group to dissect and teach them about the different organs and their functions. This activity is a great opportunity to teach children about the role of salmon in the ecosystem and the importance of preserving their habitats.

Salmon Habitat Dioramas:
Help children understand the importance of habitat conservation by having them create a diorama of a salmon’s natural habitat. Provide them with construction paper, crayons, and other materials to create rocks, trees, waterfalls, and other features of a typical salmon habitat. Use this activity to teach children about the specific needs of salmon and the importance of preserving their natural homes.

Salmon Cooking Demonstration:
For older children interested in cooking, a salmon cooking demonstration can be a fun way to teach them about sustainable eating. Show them how to prepare and cook salmon in a healthy and sustainable way, and talk about the importance of choosing sustainably sourced seafood. This activity teaches children about where their food comes from and the role of sustainable fishing practices in preserving our oceans and ecosystems.

Salmon Pack

I just completed the latest biome resource I have been working on for a while – the Taiga Biome. It’s a fascinating ecosystem for children to explore. This Salmon printable will complement it quite well. You are most welcome to download this resource. You can use these cards and posters with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on science activities for your students. Children will learn to name stages of the salmon life cycle, and parts of a salmon, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will be useful if you plan to explore fish and other types of vertebrates in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

This resource contains a salmon life cycle poster, worksheets, information cards, 3-part cards, Parts of a Salmon printables, Types of Salmon cards, and much more.

Here is what’s included:

  • Salmon life cycle diagram
  • Salmon life cycle 3 part cards
  • Salmon life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
  • Salmon life cycle tracing strips
  • Salmon life cycle information cards
  • Parts of Salmon diagram
  • Parts of Salmon diagram minus labels
  • Parts of Salmon labels
  • Parts of Salmon information cards
  • Parts of Salmon tracing & independent writing worksheet
  • Parts of Salmon student booklet (independent writing)
  • Types of Salmon 3 part cards
  • Types of Salmon information cards
  • Salmon characteristics color poster
  • Salmon characteristics black line poster
  • Salmon characteristics mat
  • Salmon characteristics color cards
  • Salmon characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
  • Salmon characteristics student booklet
  • Salmon information poster
  • My Book About Salmon
  • Salmon Prey vs. Preditors sorting cards

Print out the Salmon Life Cycle Printable

The Salmon Life Cycle Printable is a great resource for teaching children about the life cycle of a salmon. Print it out and use it to show children the different stages in a salmon’s life, including the egg, alevin, fry, and adult salmon.

Use the Salmon Anatomy Printable to teach children about the different parts of a salmon

The Salmon Anatomy Printable is another great resource for teaching children about salmon. Print it out and use it to show children the different parts of a salmon, including the gills, fins, and scales. You can also use it to teach children about the different types of salmon, such as Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye.

Discuss the different types of salmon with the Printable

The Printable includes information about the different types of salmon, including their physical characteristics and where they can be found. Use it to teach children about the different types of salmon, and encourage them to learn more about these incredible fish.

Engage children with activities related to salmon

Once you have used the Printable to teach children about salmon, engage them in activities that relate to this incredible fish. For example, you can have children draw pictures of salmon, make crafts related to salmon’s habitat, or even cook salmon together.

Using these Printable resources can be a great way to teach children about the amazing life cycle, anatomy, and types of salmon. With these resources, children can learn about one of the most incredible animals on the planet in a fun and engaging way.

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Knowledge of the salmon life cycle helps children appreciate the importance of preserving aquatic habitats and appreciating the balance of nature. By educating children on the anatomy of salmon, they can better understand how different organs work and contribute to the survival of these fish. Types of salmon illustrate the diversity within the species and how they vary in appearance, region, and behavior. These printables are an essential part of educating children on the world around them.

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Taiga Biome, Tundra Biome, Farm Unit, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting


Parts of a salmon– Gather books on salmon for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.

Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come in especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children!

Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the salmon’s body.

Life Cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.

3-part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and cards quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.

Life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.

Tracing and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and slide them into plastic pockets.

Incorporating printables and hands-on activities into a lesson about salmon can be an engaging and effective way to teach children about the life cycle, types, and anatomy of these fascinating fish. By using visuals and interactive experiences, children can deepen their understanding of the topic and develop a greater appreciation for the natural world. Whether in a classroom or homeschooling setting, this approach can help make learning about science more fun and memorable for children. So why not dive into the world of salmon and explore the many ways to make their amazing lives come to life?

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Taiga Biome Boreal Forest – Characteristics, Animal and Plant Adaptations

The Taiga Biome is a learning set containing 3-part cards, description cards, information posters, student booklets for coloring and practicing handwriting, and research worksheets for students to learn about the boreal forest. Students will learn about the main characteristics of this ecosystem, animal, and plant adaptations.

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The printable features photographic images and a clipart (as a part of student worksheets and posters).

The Taige Biome Printable includes:

  • Information cards
  • Map of the taiga biome
  • 3-part cards animals of the taiga
  • 3-part cards plants of the taiga
  • Hibernate, migrate, adapt – label cards, and self-check poster
  • Characteristics of the taiga biome
  • Where is my home? posters and match-up cards
  • Types of coniferous trees and cones 3 part cards
  • Regions of the taiga – 3 part cards
  • Description cards animal adaptations and plant adaptations
  • The taiga biome research student worksheets
  • My Book of the Tiaga Biome student booklet (independent writing, cursive, and print tracing pages).


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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.