Under the sea

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PARRSBORO: Under the ocean is how students from Grade Primary to 6 spent the day as they learned about sharks and whales reaching new depths with Oceans Wild.
Co-owners of Oceans Wild Adam Langley and Art Gaetan spend part of their summer on the water exploring sea life in its natural environment. Te two bring back to the classroom what they've experienced through storytelling, role-playing and audience interaction.
In addition Oceans Wild comes with props such a huge life size whale, life size sharks, whale bones and shark jaws, all items the students can get their hands on to further their learning experience.
The presentation delivers two distinct different curriculums that are linked by their underwater life; sharks and whales. Then these are brought to students through their age levels.
Grade Primary to Grade 2 curriculum outcomes address daily and seasonal changes, needs and characteristics of living things, air and water and the environment and growth and change.
Grade 3 to Grade 6 curriculum outcomes address habitats, sound, adaptations, the human body, (using shark and whale models for comparison) and the diversity of life and the environment.
The Grade 7 to Grade 9 curriculum outcome addresses earth, space and science, water systems on earth (waves, tides and water currents), physical science, fluids (oceanography discussion comparing waters of the Gulf Stream and the Bay of Fundy), life science which includes anatomy, cells and tissue.
"I thought it would be a fun interactive way for the kids to learn. When I found this presentation I brought it to the attention of the other teachers. We all thought it would be interesting and something the kids would learn from," Vice Principal of Parrsboro Elementary School Norma Collinson said.
Students at PRES discovered how marine biologists identify whales and sharks and why it is important to do so and also learned how humans have an impact on these marine animals, both past and present and what is being done to create a safer ocean environment for all concerned.
To learn more about the Oceans Wild team and what they offer you can visit their website at info@oceanswild.com.

Organizations: Parrsboro Elementary School Norma Collinson

Geographic location: Gulf Stream, Bay of Fundy

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