Sunday, August 21, 2011

Science Sunday: How Big is a Whale?

Science Sunday

We finished up the chapter on whales and dolphins, but I didn’t think they were quite grasping how big these animals were.  If I read to you a whale is 100 feet long would you know how long that is?

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First we measured the kids to get a baseline of how far a distance is.

 

We also tried to measure Mac, but he wasn’t so cooperative.

 

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Then we measured out the different whales and dolphins using 10 feet measurements with our tape.  This picture is the length of a Killer Whale, 30 feet.

 

The kids were fairly impressed, but then we measured  the Sperm Whale.

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That is a distance of 110 feet.  The kids were very impressed that I was almost all the way across the street to be that far away.

 

I did this for about 8 different whales and dolphins, but you get the idea, and some of these just aren’t as impressive.  I mean being 8 feet away when you take a picture is just a normal picture.

 

But, they do now remember how big a whale is.

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