Learning Guide: The Salmon Bears
A free learning guide companion to The Salmon Bears
The Learning Guide: We’ve designed this study guide to be used alongside The Salmon Bears. Here, you’ll find thought-provoking discussion questions as well as ready-to-go lessons and extension activities centering on grizzly bears, black bears, spirit bears and the Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem. Paired with The Salmon Bears, this study guide addresses a number of the Prescribed Learning Outcomes established by the BC Ministry of Education. We’ve linked each activity with science themes and outcomes for grades four to seven—and where applicable, we’ve made connections with social studies, math, art and Language Arts outcomes too.
The Book: Extensively illustrated with Ian McAllister’s magnificent photographs, The Salmon Bears explores the delicate balance that exists between the grizzly, black and spirit bears that inhabit the last great wilderness along the central coast of British Columbia and their natural environment. Key to this relationship are the salmon that are born in the rivers each spring, who then go out to sea as juveniles and return as adults to spawn and die, completing a cycle of life that ensures the survival of not only their own species but also virtually every other plant and animal in the rainforest. In clear language suitable for young readers, the authors describe the day-today activities that define the lives of these bears through the four seasons. But this is also very much the story of the Great Bear Rainforest—a vast tract of land that stretches along the western edge of BC, from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border, and contains some of the largest stands of old-growth forest left on the west coast. The Salmon Bears focuses on the interconnectedness of all life in the rainforest and makes a strong case for the importance of protecting this vital ecological resource.
The Authors: Ian McAllister is a founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian non-profit wildlife conservation group. An award-winning author and photographer, he has spent more than twenty years working to protect the West Coast’s temperate rainforest. Ian lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. A lifelong lover of animals, Nicholas Read works as a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has written for the Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and other publications, and has authored two prize-winning children’s books.