Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

Using Ocean Adventures in the Classroom
A Word from Jean-Michel Cousteau
Educator Guide to Voyage to Kure
Educator Guide to Sharks at Risk
Educator Guide to The Gray Whale Obstacle Course
Educator Guide to America's Underwater Treasures
Educator Guide to Return to the Amazon
Educator Guide to Sea Ghosts (Belugas)
Educator Guide to Call of the Killer Whale
The Watershed Quest
Tips for Using Science Multimedia
Educator Web Links
Download Library
Outreach Partners


The Gray Whale Obstacle Course: More Fun Adventures

Go Outside and …

  • Investigate the environmental factors affecting your community.
    • Make a list of all the human activities you can think of that affect your life.
    • What kinds of adaptations have you, your family and your community made so that you stay healthy?
  • Study an animal and observe all of its behaviors. See if you can identify the reasons behind its behaviors. What does each behavior do for the animal?

Read …

  • Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera, a great book that unfolds the journey of a young girl named Kahu who is part of the Maori tribe. See how this tribal community upholds its ancient traditions in these modern times.
    • After you read the book, check out the movie version of Whale Rider and see if it's similar to what you created in your imagination.
    • Express yourself creatively by drawing or painting a visual of yourself as the Whale Rider.
    • Write your own book telling the story of how you and your family try to maintain your culture and values.

Visit …

  • An aquarium and investigate all the different forms of life that are found in the ocean.
    • See if you can observe feeding and mating behaviors.
    • Read about these forms of life, paying particular attention to the ones that are food for whales.
    • Take a field notebook with you and illustrate, name and describe all the species you find interesting.
  • A whale-watching center located in your area or online.
    • Ask about community events in your area, then go to one or more of them.
    • Ask the people working at the center when is a good time to go out and watch whales.
    • Sign up to be on the center's mailing list so you can get free information every month.

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Participate in …
  • A whale-watching club or group in your community or online and become friends with other whale watchers.
  • A coastal cleanup or ocean education effort.
  • A migration study -- help to track the migration of animals in your community.