Sunday, March 06, 2016

The Whales

We're going to start talking about simple machines soon.  I bought a bunch of plastic whales and dolphins to use to introduce the unit.  I was going to ask the Thirdlanders to use the plastic animals to design a rescue of a beached or stranded animal.  Full disclaimer: This wasn't an original idea.

Come to find out, it's not that easy to rescue a stranded whale.  Also, I'm seeing little evidence that simple machines come in to play all that much. I know this because I'm now obsessed with watching videos of whale rescues. I've watched quite a few over the past hour and that's why my report cards aren't done yet.  Just FYI: If you do come upon a beached whale or dolphin, be careful because they could have a disease that could make you very sick.  Also, if you feel like putting water on them, go ahead, but avoid pouring water into the blow hole.  That's how they breathe.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Sounds like something the kids will love to create!
jw

LH said...

We had the best time out there.
We almost lost one whale, but someone rescued it.