Friday, March 14, 2008

Have You Ever Wondered What Killer Whales Eat?

Thanks to today's kindergarten lesson, I can tell you: they eat seal, octopus, fish, and squid. Now don't you feel smarter?

Today is Friday, so the schedule is different for the kindergarten classes. Each month has a different theme, and each Friday has activities and lessons centered on that theme. The month concludes with a field trip. This month, our theme is whales, and our month will conclude with a field trip to a whale museum (which I am really looking forward to).

My job today was to teach a "science" lesson about whales to the kids and to assist Cate in doing a big whale craft project. For the lesson, I taught the kids what killer whales eat. That may not sound like much of a lesson, but imagine having to learn that lesson in a language that you barely speak. Now do you have a healthy respect for my smart little kindy kids?

For the craft, we made killer whales and colored and cut out pictures of seals, octopuses, squid, and fish to "feed" the whales. Of course, the kids' favorite thing to do with their whales is make them poop out what they just ate. It figures!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"