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Aloha ʻĀina Activity: Fishponds

This activity is an excerpt from the Aloha ʻĀina curriculum created by the Pacific American Foundation in cooperation with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education.

<p>Fig. 1. Students learn about fishponds by building their own model.</p>Phenomenon:

Fishponds were used to provide fish to eat for the community.

Inquiry:

How do fishponds work?

Activity:

Students build model fishponds in shallow pans and experiment with changing water levels outside the pond wall to simulate what happens with rising and falling tides.


Aloha ʻĀina Activity: Engineering Ingenuity

How did Hawaiians engineer shoreline fishponds to grow fish, while maintaining water quality and preventing siltation?


<p>Fig. 2. Students in Grade 4 explore the Ahupuaʻa.</p>About the Aloha ʻĀina Curriculum

"Shaping the future, while preserving a heritage, the Aloha ‘Āina Curriculum provides Hawai‘i’s youth with culturally relevant lessons. Since 2005 the Pacific American Foundation and its curriculum writing team has developed a collection of unit and lessons plans that explore, reveal and explain the ahupua‘a land-management system and challenges students to become stewards and scientists who care for the land and preserve the traditions. ‘Āina, that which nourishes, encompasses land, ocean, heavens, land-based water systems, plants and animals. Aloha ‘Āina is a way of life that is evident in Hawaiian practices."

 

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.