Sunday, January 26, 2020

Our 4-Part Program


Our program has 4 distinct pieces:

Part One: Storytelling/Slide presentation (60 minutes)

Jeff falls asleep one night and dreams of becoming a killer whale.  He follows the matriarch of “J pod,” and experiences the complex relationships whales share with each other and the environment around them.  Waking from the dream, Jeff returns to the real world with a new curiosity and the desire to make a difference.  The story is told through performance, slides, video and real orca calls.

Part Two: Activities (Up to 60 minutes)

Here we “bring the field to the classroom.”  Students participate in experiential/role playing activities created to introduce them to current orca research.  Using data collected throughout the previous year, young researchers identify orca whales, track their movements, learn basic whale behaviors and practice their skills in real-time video exercises.  They will leave with a working understanding of the complexities of these magnificent animals and how dependent they are on a healthy and diverse environment.
-Click here for the activity descriptions and the EALR’s they meet.

Part Three: Kids Making a Difference—Now! Conservation Project

This overnight activity challenges students to identify and record their ecological footprints and to mitigate their effects.  The activity starts with the participants examining and recording what they find in their home, noting things like their families purchasing choices and energy consumption.  With these baselines established, students are then given simple strategies to lessen their impact.  Students are then asked to return their results to their teacher and they in turn forward them on to us. During the final week, the students examine their results and note the significant changes that  they and their fellow students have made.   By the end of the school year, KWT will post the results from all participating schools on this website (view the 2017-2018 “Report Card”), proving what we believe- that kid’s can make a difference-now!

Schools willing to complete this program activity can get our complete presentation gram at no expense to the school, thanks to the generous support of the Discuren Foundation, NOAA Fisheries, the Washington Endowment for the Environment, and from supporters like you.

Optional Part Four: Deep Dive (up to four 60-minutes online sessions)

Each online session (held on Friday mornings) will involve multiple schools/classrooms and will allow students to learn more from Jeff or another orca scientists and from each other. Each session will begin with discussion of an in-depth topic (a specific whale behavior, the purpose and evolution of a specific set of anatomical features, a look at the life-cycle of the Southern Resident Killer Whale’s primary food source – Chinook salmon, how to become an orca scientist, etc.) and will include an related interactive game followed by open forum for Questions and Answers.

A typical visit looks like this…

Let’s say your school has three classes interested in Killer Whale Tales, with a total of 100 students.   All 100 students will attend the 60 minute storytelling/lecture at the same time. After the presentation Killer Whale Tales instructors will lead the students through the hands-on exercises (in smaller groups of 1-2 classrooms at  60-minutes each), for up to 2 hours, depending on the activities you choose.  Hands-on activities can be added or deleted to fit your scheduling requirements.  A conservation wrap-up and take-home challenge follows.  After we receive your class’ completed “Kids Making a Difference Now!” worksheets, your class/school will be invited to participate in a series of up to four (4) online follow-up sessions where we will discuss specific topics of whale research in more detail.

Ready to register? Visit our Registration Page