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?
- 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.
- 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.
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.