Fifth grade students at Edna Drinkwater Elementary are blending science and art as part of their curriculum studying salmon and watersheds.

As part of their curriculum, students in Anna Cox's fifth grade class have the opportunity to raise salmon and do an in-depth study of watersheds and how humans can impact the environment. Cox said students started by reading a story about a loon that would swim through various parts of a watershed before their focus turned to salmon.

During a visit to the classroom Monday, March 3, students were working in teams to illustrate different parts of the watershed, such as a bog or pond, Cox said. Students started with sketching the larger land features of their specific portion of the watershed on a small piece of paper before advancing onto larger sheets of paper and adding more details.

Once students complete their drawings, they will color the panels in using watercolor-based supplies, Cox said.

In addition to studying salmon and the watershed, students also received 200 salmon eggs that they will raise until the salmon reach fry stage and are then released into the Wescott Stream.

Due to budget cuts, the fifth-grade students would not have an art class for the second half of the school year, but by introducing a creative component into the curriculum, Cox said it presented an ideal opportunity to meld the science and art components.

The salmon and watershed study culminates with a trip to Tanglewood later in the spring where students learn more about the plants, animals and other creatures that rely on clean water to live.