Edith Carson, NOAA biologist, introduces her team and today's activities. Behind Mrs. Carson is an inflatable life-sized right whale calf.
Students were extremely engaged by the interactive stations that focused on the different life cycles, habitats, and adaptations of familiar and unfamiliar ocean creatures.
Here are some snapshots from our fun morning:
Students experimented using their sense of smell at the Sturgeon Station. Sturgeon use their sense of smell to locate and return to their old spawning ground each year.
In the next station, children got to listen to whales and dolphins communicate through echolocation. Students then played a game and guessed which ocean creature they heard. They each received a fun whale and porpoise pamphlet to take home as well!
After our visit early this week by Mrs. McInnis, students could easy tell the scientist at the whale station all about toothed and baleen whales! They each got to experiment eating like a toothed and baleen whale using different tools. Ask your child which they thought was easier!
We loved having NOAA visit us this year! They brought incredible artifacts and hands-on experiments to help teach the children about the ocean life that lives in their area. Each student came home today with a number of fun bookmarks, stickers, and activities to show you at home! We look forward to learning more on our field trip next week to Gloucester!