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Teaching Science With Whales (CD ROM Book)
Teaching Science With Whales - CD ROM Book Author:Leighton Taylor & Associates Teaching Science with Whales: A CD/ROM Book, Version 2. Leighton Taylor & Associates, St. Helena, California. 1996. — This program on Teaching Science with Whales connects a field-trip experience in the classroom with science, mathematics, and the language arts. It is not a multimedia CD/ROM nor a textbook on whales. It covers whale biology and b... more »ehavior. The objective is to teach science by using whales as a basis for study that is graded by class.
The disk is divided into 3 sections: volume 1 is for grades K-4, volume 2 is for grades 5 to 8, and volume 3 is for grades 9 to 12. For each section, background information is provided, and is followed by activities appropriate to each grade. Some activities can be done singly, but others are done by group effort. Some activities are lengthy and require independent research.
Teachers can read the background information, select an activity and print it out. Permission has been granted in advance for teachers to photocopy materials or descriptions of activities for classroom use.
The scene menu presents choices of a science theme: life science, physical science, earth science, science as inquiry, science in society, nature of science, whales and words, whale biology, and whales compared with submarines. For each volume, the depth of detail is matched to the grade level.
The activity menu may include, for example, cucumber whales, whales and submarines, the eye of a whale: its biology and physics, and more. To study the whale's eye, the viewer studies the physics of light and the interaction of energy and matter, illustrated with excellent diagrams. Another example is how to determine the weight of a car by using two sheets of cardboard, a ruler, and a tire pressure gauge. From this approach, the student is challenged to ascertain the weight of a whale. These topics are prepared for each volume to correspond with each grade level.
The topics are covered with a wealth of information to supplement and amplify topics treated in textbooks. By using the whale as an object of study, the student can relate basic science and mathematics to a living organism and make the principles of science come alive. This CD/ROM would be a welcomed addition to a school's library. This CD/ROM is published in Adobe Acrobat and can be used on all major computer systems. The disk can be run on Macintosh with MacOS 7.0 or greater with 3.3 MB RAM and 8 MB hard disk space, or on a PC with Windows 3.1 or 95, 4 MB RAM and 5 MB hard disk space. This project was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, through a grant to the National Wildlife Federation.« less