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Song of the salish sea: a natural history of northwest waters

American Library Association:
"2007 Notable Children's Video"
"A stunningly photographed nature video packed with useful information on the area that encompasses Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca known as the Salish Sea. This engaging title will appeal to not only regional interests but all because of the range of habitats and life forms it covers. This enhanced DVD includes a printable teachers' guide and tidal pool curriculum."

Video Librarian: ... The waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca (sometimes collectively called the Salish Sea, after area Native Americans) are the subject of Song of the Salish Sea, which explores the geological history of the region, before looking at the water cycle, beach and estuary environments, eelgrass meadows, rocky-bottomed aquatic habitats, open-water food web, and life cycle of the salmon. A visually rich production, with excellent underwater footage as well as lovely land-based videography, this ecologically-minded title teeming with fascinating marine life-recently named an ALSC notable children's video-also features a number of extras, including a teacher's guide and curriculum, a music video, and a pair of featurettes. Highly recommended. Aud: E, I, J, H, P. “3 1/2 Stars”


Song of the Salish Sea:

The Salish Sea consists of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The “Song of the Salish Sea" video examines the fragile habitats that make up this large inland sea and its watershed. Spectacular video of the habitats and the creatures that live there are combined with graphics, photographs and simple animations to examine these environments and the processes that shape them. Some of the ways humans have impacted each habitat are shown along with suggested ways in which we can reduce human impacts.

The Teachers’ Guide provides a copy of the narrative script, a list of ninety vocabulary words used in the presentation (including sixty-two Washington EALR vocabulary words), suggested Quiz questions and Suggestions for Independent Study. Recommended for Grades 6 - 12.

The video may be shown as one 45 minute movie or as 7 stand-alone segments. When shown in segments each movie is followed by a brief review.

Introduction (6:00): An overview of the geologic and settlement history of the Salish Sea and its watershed.

Module Two: Watersheds (7:21) A discussion of the water cycle and the fresh water habits found in the Salish Sea’s watershed: creeks, rivers, wetlands and lakes. The role of estuaries is also covered.

Module Three: Sand and Mud Habitats (6:36) An examination of the role that sand, mud and gravel habitats play in the Salish Sea’s food web and of the processes forming and shaping these habitats.

Module Four: Eelgrass Meadows (5:30) A discussion of the importance of eelgrass meadows in the oceanic food web and how they provide food and shelter for a variety of creatures.

Module Five: Rocky Habitats (6:32) An introduction to hard, rocky bottom habitats and the creatures that live there.

Module Six: Open Water Habitat (6:43) An examination of the complex open water food web and how pollution and over fishing are impacting the creatures that live in the Salish Sea.

Module Seven: Salmon Life Cycle (7:47) A review of the salmon life cycle shows how all of the habitats of the Salish Sea and its watershed are linked.


Printable documents located on the DVD:

Teachers' Guide;
Puget Sound Beach Guide;
Kids For Puget Sound Passport; and
“Terror In The Tidepool!” curriculum

Short videos included on the DVD:

Song of the Salish Sea Music Video;
How You Can Help; and
Introduction to The People For Puget Sound

"Song of the Salish Sea " was produced in conjunction with the People For Puget Sound.

Released November 8, 2006
DVD only
45 minutes
Elementary to Grade 12



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