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Professional Development in New Bedford March 9, 2009

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Ms. Pavlicek and Ms. McInerney (BHS teacher) participated in a Salt Water Studies Course at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  The weekend consisted of introducing teachers to Marine Science topics which could be connected to the prescribed MA State Science and Mathematics Frameworks.

 

 

Ms. Pavlicek & Right Whale Model

Ms. Pavlicek & Right Whale Model

 

We took a guided tour of the Museum, learning about all aspects of whaling in Massachusetts.  Some highlights of the tour were 3 real whale skeletons (blue whale, humpback, and the endangered right whale with fetus), a life-scale model of a whaling ship, and historical whaling artifacts.

 

 

 

 

Whale skeletons in Museum Lobby

Whale skeletons in Museum Lobby

Ms. McInerney & Sperm Whale Jaw

Ms. McInerney & Sperm Whale Jaw

 Some of the topics included:

-Water & our planet

-Ocean floor features

-Global winds and surface circulation

-Temperature & density of salt water

-Classification, productivity, & adaptations

-Marine vs. terrestrial food chains & webs

-Natural History and distribution of Whales

-Gulf of Maine-Geography and Geology

– Eutrophication

– Marine debris  

– Invasive species 

-Climate change & coastal impacts

-Energy use and water quality 

 

Model of Whaling Ship

Model of Whaling Ship

A visit to this museum would be a terrific family day trip!

Click on the link below to learn more about the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

 

http://www.whalingmuseum.org

 

Scrimshaw Collection

Scrimshaw Collection

 
 
 
 

 

Ahoy! Calling all shiphands!

Ahoy! Calling all shiphands!

 

Whaling Scene etched on real whale bone

Whaling Scene etched on real whale bone

Deformed Sperm Whale Skull

Deformed Sperm Whale Skull

 
 Special thanks to Pat Harcourt and Bob Rocha for this wonderful opportunity.
Course was offered through Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  View other course work offered by clicking Below:
http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/teacher-training.asp
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