Fortunate or Unfortunate? challenges students to see the advantages and disadvantages of various changes in trout habitat. And it further challenges students to organize 10 parts of this story into an order that makes sense. In other words, it involves the exact type of thinking and reasoning skills the Next Generation Science Standards were designed to promote.
Some student groups may come up with different storylines than others, and they can discuss their differences and make any necessary adjustments in story or attitude. Activities are rare that include such a large variety of skills. They don’t get much better than this.
The activity can be preceded by or reinforced with the Return to the Redd and Race to the Redd board “games.” All three educational activities illustrate the similarity of challenges trout face whether in streams or oceans. Wrap-up discussion can include comparisons to challenges humans face and how we can deal with them successfully.