BEFORE YOU GO
✓ Visit the website of the marine organization leading this field trip to see if student worksheets and other class materials are available.
✓ Call ahead to speak to a group sales person about special programming or hands-on activities for your class, scout or home school group.
– The blue whale is the largest animal to ever have lived on Earth – larger than any of the dinosaurs.
– The tongue alone of a blue whale can weigh as much as an elephant.
– Dolphins sleep by resting one side of the brain at a time. This allows them to continue rising to the surface for air and to keep an eye open to watch out for predators.
– Dolphins use echolocation to find food and navigate. This is a natural version of radar.
– Dolphins can jump as high as 20 feet out of the water.
– Marine: (adjective) To do with the sea, as in marine life
– Cetacean: (noun) Scientific order that includes all whales, dolphins and porpoises
– Dolphin: (noun) A water mammal with a long snout in the whale group
– Classify: (verb) To put things into groups according to their characteristics
– Echolocate: (verb) To send sound waves through air or water that reflect back to the sender to locate distant or invisible objects (prey)
– Endangered: (adjective) To be in danger of becoming extinct
– Species: (noun) One of the more detailed groups into which animals and plants are divided according to their shared characteristics.
Science, Language Arts, and more…
– Field Trip Lesson connections provide a range of opportunities for learning
– Discovery questions and facts about marine mammals
– Reading content on dolphins, whales, and porpoises
– Behavior: what they eat, how they travel, intelligence
– Habitat: their environment, endangerment, extinction concerns
– Communication: echolocation (how they “speak to each other”) and connections to sonar
– Exploring field research methods used by marine researchers to gather data
– Student-led research projects
– Mapping activities to track dolphin sightings
– Students learn to use nautical and grid maps and plot locations using longitude and latitude
– Essay and Persuasive Writing: Students take a point of view as they write about their dolphin/whale watching experience