My second graders had a lesson in the sea creatures of the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, we climbed aboard the school bus for the 90 minute ride (one way!) to Pointe San Vicente Lighthouse.
Watch their faces! It's so fun to see their excitement!
My friend, retired teacher and mentor June Styffe, met us at the Lighthouse with some huge bubble wands, as only 5 can go up into the lighthouse at one time.
Our 30 minutes there were filled with climbing,
making bubbles, and visiting the little mariner's museum filled with lighthouse memorabilia.
Here's my effort to get a group picture, they are so wound up in the fun day!
We ate lunch at the Interpretive Center, where there are whale watchers keeping track of any whales in the area. There had been 4 whales spotted that morning.
We only saw dolphins, boats and seaweed!
Next up was the Cabrillo Museum and touch tank. The students had a "Sea Hunt" paper that helped them stay focused on the task. Then, we went into the touch tank area.
Again, I so enjoy watching their faces light up at their experience there!
The last part of our trip was a hike over to the real ocean tidepools. Here, the children see the animals in their natural environment, and it is surprising the difference that appears.
Jezreel's mom was pointing out a sea anemone. (age marker- I was Jezzy's dad's Kindergarten teacher...oh, my...)
My son in law Jeff made the trip with us. I enjoyed his enthusiasm, lol!
We went all over the area. We scheduled the trip with the low tides ~
Boy, this was fun, Mrs. Davis!