Cross-curricular and highly engaging unit that improves literacy and critical thinking skills. Created by teachers for teachers, this unit presents an example of a elementary level unit (grades 3-5).
This is not just a unit about whales. This unit uses the endangered Southern Resident killer whales of the Northwest as a "bridge" to discuss environmental and conservation issues with students such as climate change, food web collapse, ecosystem balance, native american people, fossil fuels and much more. You can expect high levels of student engagement and passionate classroom discussions. YoOceans! can also offer students the opportunity to guest blog for our website, along with advocacy opportunities.
This unit contains 3 weeks of material. Some educators have extended this unit for 6+ weeks.
Guest speakers will be provided on a case by case basis for qualified programs please contact YoOceans! for details.
Actual films of teachers engaged in unit instruction and examples of specific lessons can be found on the YoOceans! Youtube.com channel. These videos offer a well-rounded picture of what actually took place in class in the two schools, as well as how teachers in the two subject areas were able to easily modify materials and/or add their own lesson ideas to fit their individual instructional goals.