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: Pre-school / Primary Level : A Whale of a Tale: Surf into Science 1

A Whale of a Tale: Surf into Science 1

"A Whale of a Tale: Surf into Science 1" is an interactive CD-ROM designed to help students learn basic Science skills. This multimedia package uses animated cartoon characters to add an interesting storyline to the delivery of key curriculum concepts. The program is pedagogically sound with an expert in Primary curriculum development retained as the content consultant. The program is designed for children ages five through seven and can be used both in school and at home.

The "A Whale of a Tale" series is developed around core curriculum topics in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Features & Benefits:

"A Whale of a Tale: Surf into Science 1" is an interactive multimedia science program designed to encourage students to ask questions about the world around them and to discover the answers to some of these questions by interacting with the program. Quizzes, reinforcement games, and activities accompany all sections of the program. Remedial and enrichment are integral components. Sophia the Lobster introduces eight "Just for Fun" games and Jerry the Jellyfish offers twenty pieces of whale trivia for students to read and listen to.

"Surf into Science 1" is divided into five sections:

  1. Motion
  2. Living Things
  3. Growth
  4. Seasons
  5. Just for Fun

Motion:Students are encouraged to think about the different ways things, animals, and plants move. Direction and the compass are introduced first and then students interact by determining in which direction the whales are swimming. Penny the Puffin and Old Tom the Turtle demonstrate levels and slopes and rough and smooth surfaces.

Living Things: Students distinguish between living and non-living things and discover how living things depend on one another for survival. They learn to identify an animal by its animal track. As they observe a baby growing into an adult, an egg growing into a butterfly, and a seed growing into a vegetable, students master the concept of changes in living things.

Growth: Students learn that all living things are made up of cells and that growth occurs when cells divide to produce new cells. The different types of plant cells and the important parts of a tree are demonstrated. Students investigate what plants, animals, and people need in order to grow, e.g., food, water and air.

Seasons: Students are introduced to the basic concepts underlying the four seasons. After studying pictures of the four seasons, students are encouraged to distinguish between them. Percy the Penguin writes a weather journal for students to read and then helps the students to write their own. The concepts of animals migrating, hibernating, and seasonally changing colours are introduced in this section.

Just for Fun :
- Pick a Picture - Level: A & B
- Miss and Match - Level: A & B
- Road Maze - Level: A & B
- Year Round Fun - Level: A & B

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