Whale Look What We’ve Got Here

November 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Science)

Vantaztic Learning is back after a hiatus of conferences, workshops, spartan races, and finalizing grades.  So much has happened since last we blogged, and this post is going to go in so many different directions, but we’ll eventually get back to one point.  Get the GPS handy to follow this one . . .

The Little V’s have extensively researched population changes and different species of whales, as well as how people impact the population of these large mammals.  We learned that right whales are slow and unattentive swimmers.  Sounds like people that drive while operating their phones (oh, did I just call you out?).  Due to their obliviousness and sloth like speed, these whales are easy targets for boat propellers.

This steered the learning machine into the area of what people are doing to cause this change in population.  Some thought slowing the boats down would help, while others argued that this would cause problems for businesses and they’d lose money due to time constraints with shipping items.

Now we steer in another direction: leading us to how and why populations change.  We’re still reading passages via Discovery Ed, checking out video streams, and completing interactive labs.  Huge thanks to Dr. Seuss, as we streamed the Lorax to find the benefits and negative effects of the Oncler’s invention of thneeds which everyone, everyone, everyone needs, as well as the result of population increase/decrease in the forest and baby booming community.  Dr. Seuss such an intuitive individual, saw issues long before they were $5.00 buzz words or a debatable topic for presidential crooks, I mean candidates.

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(credited illustration of Dr. Seuss)

So, a group of young minds had to decide what to do when an invasive species is let loose in the school.  How would they handle this situation you might ask?  What was their plan?  Well, you can read about our student’s point of view via our kidblog link here.

Back to whaling:  The kiddos put their  compare and contrast skills to the test by exploring two life sized baleen whales and reading facts about them (sperm whales and narwhals).


We also had a visitor from our good friend Dr. Thayer of the NC Central Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, CMAST, & Division of Marine Fisheries.  She had the kids brainstorm what items they would take with them to rescue a whale, then shared the gear to perform the rescue.  Below is a picture of the kids holding a piece of baleen that came from a baby right whale off of our NC coast.  The baleen from this baby is close to six feet in length.

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So what is next . . .?  We’ve completed writing about our invented birds and will begin to type those out.  It is possible that you will be able to read these once we’ve created QR codes and an aurasma overlay for video presentations.  If you didn’t understand a word I just typed I promise these are real terms and not from Dr. Seuss.  You’ll soon see.



  1. Jane Haines said,

    We love reading of your doings. You are so creative. Your kids are so fortunate. Keep up the good work. Love you. Aunt Jane and Uncle George.

  2. tnaznav said,

    So glad you like the happenings, and I appreciate the ego boost as well. Love you much.

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