Students in grades K-8 at the Monterey County Home Charter School were very excited to have the special presentation, Amazing Sea Turtles, to look forward to during the winter break. The information, video, and hands on turtle shells and skulls were especially interesting to students. We look forward to inviting Whales on Wheels to our school again.
The Monterey County Home Charter School invited Whales on Wheels to our school. About 40 students and families were very pleased with the presentation and hands-on opportunity to learn more about the world of whales. We recommend this program to anyone interested in learning about whales.
I am a teacher who hired this program to give an in-class presentation. It was an excellent, engaging mix of hands-on activities and presentation format.
Tom arrived in plenty of time to set up his sizable collection of equipment. The show was about sea turtles. I learned a lot, and the students were still talking about it weeks later. The thing that made the biggest impression on them was how plastic bags end up looking like sea jellies and get ingested by leatherback turtles, who then can't get the bags out because of the sharp barbs in their throats (evolved to capture and retain the jellies). This can lead to obstructions, and in some cases, even death.
The students mentioned some of the content taught by Tom in their year-end summary. I would love to see this program grow and reach more schools.
I am a 2nd grade teacher at a small private school in Santa Cruz. Save the Whales came to our school, worked with our schedule, and produced 3 wonderfully different presentations for different grade levels. The students were engaged the entire presentation and they really not only learned a lot, but also learned how and why we need to Save our Whales! This was the third year that we have had the pleasure of Save the Whales and I am looking forward to many more years with Save the Whales!
I am a teacher at a small private school in Santa Cruz. We always look forward to the hands on approach that we receive when the Save the Whales program comes to our school. The impact on our students is tremendous. They have lessons at our school about the ocean and ocean life, but not every student gets the chance to see the footage of film that comes with this program and hear the explanation of the life of the sea otter that is presented. The children are all captivated by the instructor Tom and when he leaves the special materials, we are able to continue with the lesson that he has just presented. This is an excellent program and schools should take advantage of the instruction that this nonprofit wants to provide. We love having them come to our school and look forward to their return each year.
It is with respect and delight that I write a review for Maris and her Save the Whales organization. She has been coming to teach my fourth grade class for many years now, and I always look forward to her presentations. Maris speaks from her heart, uses interesting models, and keeps the children totally engaged in the learning process. The presentation covers many aspects of ocean conservancy that are being taught to my students....be guardians of the oceans, habitat protection, caring for animals of the oceans, oil spills, littering, and pollution of earth, air, and oceans. Maris brings materials for us to use such as posters about drains leading to the oceans, stencils for us to put around our school drains that say that these lead to the sea, whale bones and measuring of their sizes, costumes of sea otters and whale parts etc. It is always intriguing to the children, and each year I learn new facts from the presentations. It is totally honest of me to say that having Maris visit my classroom is one of our highlights of the year. We are lucky to have Maris and Tom in our community, teaching children such vital facts in a fun and organized manner. The children are the future, and they are given ocean facts and thoughts to carry with them into adulthood.
Save the Whales made 90-minute presentations on Sea Turtles to each of my three high school Biology classes a few weeks ago. I was very pleased with the pace and content. The presentation included a talk and slide show, clips of video, hands-on interactions with artifacts from preserved sea turtles to items made from sea turtles. Students were engaged and the range of topics included in the talk touiched on several aspects of biology students had studied, from evolution to surface area : volume ratios, to conservation, migration and mapping. The presenter is more expert in whale biology, but had plenty of first person interaction with sea turtles and knowledge from research of others' work and was willing to acknowledge lack of expertise if a student asked a question beyond the range of his expertise.
I was very pleased with the range and pacing of the lessons and appreciative of all the work it takes the presenter before and after his presentations to transport and set up all the materials he brings including his own sound system and all the artifacts for students to see.
The presenter also brought posters and stickers and provided us with a disk and later email with links for additional digital resources.
I am very grateful that we were able to benefit from such a great presenation. I look forward to being able to hear other presentations on whales and sea otters from this same group.
Tom presented truly hands on science of whales and mammals that was understandable by our students who are mostly English Langauge Learners. The presentation included an ocean mammal dress-up from which all the students could understand the importance of physical adaptations for life in the oceans. Additionally the slides were clear and informative to even the youngest students. We have appreciated have Save the Whales come to our school. Tom has presented to grades Kinder - 5th grades in my school. ----------M.McLoughlin, Castroville Elementary School
The Save the Whales presentation was the excellent. Tom knows how to communicate with students.His presentation gave the students the opportunity to see and touch artifacts from the sea. The pace was just right. All students, no matter how much English they understood, were able to enjoy and participate in the presentation. We gladly recommend to all schools.
My 3rd grade students have always enjoyed Tom's hands on presentations. The presentations I've participated in engage kids on all levels. The visual media, auditory component, movement activity, and the hands on objects he brings are fun. Kids even get to dress up as a sea creature. After the activities the kids generate very detailed meaningful writing. What more can you ask for?
Save The Whales provided wonderful, hands on classroom presentations for the 3rd graders at my school in Salinas, CA. Those presentations were useful in making connections to, not only science standards and social studies standards, but to math and language education as well. Many of my students live in low income neighborhoods and do not get out much due to crime in the area. Save the Whales brought the ocean and its wildlife to them, which helped enhance student's learning and understanding of articles we had read in class. Best of all the writing in my classroom was meaningful and wonderfully detailed.
Save the Whales does a great job with their presentations! Both Maris and Tom are very knowledgeable and do a wonderful job with both the watershed model and the turtle presentation. The kids really love Tom, who is known on our campus as "Tom the Turtle Guy." The hands on materials involved in each presentation bring the material alive, and the slideshows have all kinds of great videos and images.
The presentation was age appropriate, hands on and rich in content. Tom was great at engaging the kids and they learned a lot. I highly recommend Save the Whales for any elementary school aged kids who are studying the ocean ecosystem.
Tom, the presenter from Save the Whales, came into my high school Oceanography classroom and gave a great presentation on Marine Mammals. He kept the students' attention for over an hour with plenty of hands on studff to look at and an interesting slideshow.
I'm a teacher at a charter school in Watsonville, CA. Tom from Save the Whales came and spoke about ocean mammals to my oceanography class. He did a great job and I've invited him back this year.
I have attended several classroom presentations by Save The Whales. What impressed me most is the sincere caring for environmental stewardship that the volunteers shared with the children. The presentations were engaging and hands-on. I feel that their message to children is both educational and hopeful for the future of our planet.
The Save the Whales presentation my fourth grade class received was great. They learned about problems and solutions that related to their every day life when they learned abvout their local water shed. The students still talk about the cool water shed model and the dolphin species that recently became extinct.
Tom presented whale protection programs to 76 third grade students at Mission Park Elementary School during the 2010-2011 school year. The students continue to talk about the informative, hands on programs. Students are concerned about their ocean and tell others about keeping harmful items out of storm drains. They didn't like the underwater noise pollution and want to protect whales. Tom is great with the kids, presents lessons at their level, and involves them in hands on activities. All 3 third grade classes enjoyed his presentations.
I am a fourth grade teacher. Tom has worked with the students in my class for many years. He gives an organized, well presented program on watersheds and protecting the whales. He has a great way with children and they watch, participate and learn with enthusiasm. Tom is a great asset to the Return of the Natives Education program and the Save the Whales student presentation programs. I heartily endorse the program and strongly encourage the continued funding for these programs. In this time of dwindling funding for field trips or for any extra curricular education programs, programs like Save the Whales are truly invaluable.
Tom has presented at our school several times, and he always connects to the students. At the end of the year, the students consider his presentations one of the highlights of the year. He engages them in a way that helps them remember his information, and they become more aware of environmental issues and the fact that they can make a difference.
I am a Teacher at Ohlone School. Tom came to do a presentation on marine animals. He presented to all the third graders at Ohlone. We are a TITLE 1 School and have many students with limited English skills. Tom presentations were educational and accessible to all students. He used hands on activities and visuals to reach all students. The students learned so much from his presentations that they started a Save the Earth Club at Ohlone.
Save the Whales came to our elementary school for Family Science Night. They set up a great table display and talked to many, many parents and students. They are terrific.
As a science educator in a school habitat garden,
I have requested presentations from Save the Whales on numerous occasions. I facilitate volunteer dune habitat restoration around the Monterey Bay. Save the Whales watershed pollution lessons are excellent and include a great visual display allowing students to do "hands-on (non-toxic) polluting" of their own watershed. The students still remember the presentation years later. Best of all, they get the connection between pollution of the watershed model and what they do at their own homes, at school and at the coast.
The whale and sea mammal presentations are excellent with many artifacts to see and feel. The student's eyes were opened regarding all the varieties of marine debris and how they could help prevent pollution.