Are you looking to encourage your students to take action for our planet? We hope to inspire students to create conservation projects in all 50 states! Can you help us spread the word?
This is a virtual Whalemobile experience. Cynde will do an initial presentation about whales, and then students will see the whale inflate and go inside. Topics covered are baleen and teeth, communication, individual identification, and importance of whales to our planet (spoiler...it's their poop). The program finishes with a discussion of marine debris and what we can do to help protect the oceans.
Cynde has led over 2000 whale watch trips out of Gloucester, Ma. We will "virtually" leave Gloucester Harbor and head out to sea aboard the Privateer IV from Seven Seas Whale Watch. Students will learn about the species of whales that are observed off the coast of Massachusetts. We will discuss why they are there, see videos of behaviors they do, and learn about individual humpback whales. If you have never been on a whale watch, this is a close second.
This presentation explores how whales and humans use the ocean, when and where overlap occurs in time and space, and how that is impacting whales today. Students will brainstorm what we could do to decrease the threats to whales. We will end by discussing their solutions.
This program is for upper middle school and high school students. Cynde will share her story about how she took her childhood passion for whales and made it her career. She will introduce students to whales and how they are researched today illustrating that you can take many different roads to find or create the career that you are looking for. Science, technology, engineering/education, art and math are all critically important disciplines when addressing any topic—especially conservation. She will finish by sharing how this childhood passion led to a Guinness World Record!
If you have 15-45 minutes to prepare...
This is ideal. There is a 15-minute introductory video that introduces Cynde as well as basic concepts of whales. This part of the presentation is less interactive than the rest of the experience so prefect to prepare the students. If you have the 45 minutes, the students can go through the worksheets that correspond to the different grades (K-2 or 3-5).
The Whalemobile presentation will then focus on recognizing humpbacks, going inside the inflatable whale, and “talking trash”. We would love for the teachers to follow up with the students and work through creating a project to help the whales and the oceans. It could be something they do independently (at their house) or something they do collectively (like reducing plastic in the lunchroom).
We realize that best laid plans sometimes don’t work, so if you have a glitch and aren’t able to prepare the students, just let Cynde know in the beginning of the presentation and she will start at the appropriate place. When this is the case, the "trash talk" at the end gets shortened. The Whalemobile has put this discussion in workbook form though, so that teachers can walk kids though these ideas after the presentation. (Please become a member/Ocean Champion to get access to all the resources! IT'S FREE!)
"Mrs. McInnis led a virtual field trip for our five second grade classes at Steward School. Mrs. McInnis was well prepared and kept the kids engaged throughout her presentation. She seamlessly wove in her pre-recorded videos along with her presentation. We truly believe that students thought she was currently inside of the whale! We love how Mrs. McInnis brought it to the kids level by sharing that her passion began as a child. The kids were amazed that she will be in the Guinness Book of World Records for her whale collection! We feel that our second graders took away a great deal of knowledge from this virtual enrichment program. Thank you Mrs. McInnis for an amazing program!"
"Cynde joined our group of 50 third graders for an interactive and engaging presentation about whales and conservation. She has a natural ability to draw students in and keep them interested and excited as she discusses whale anatomy, behavior, and identification strategies. She brings a plethora of experience and personal anecdotes that make the experiences especially engaging. The children especially loved listening to different whale sounds, as well as seeing her life-sized humpback whale model, named Nile. Students were able to ask questions and think critically about how they can protect these amazing creatures. Having Cynde lead a live online class is a no-brainer!"