Parents and Educators

Parents and Educators

Humpback WhaleYou can use Little Grain’s Big Adventure as a starting point to teach your student/child about:

Geography: (the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, the Inside Passage, Canada, the Pacific Ocean, the USA, volcanoes, icebergs, glaciers, tropical plants and trees)

Animals: (humpback whales, dolphins, jellyfish, turtles, spirit bears, walruses, bald eagles, seals, tropical birds)

Some interesting facts about humpback whales:

    • Humpbacks are endangered and are therefore protected
    • There are about 10,000 – 15,000 humpbacks whales in the world today
    • Humpbacks feed in cold polar regions in the summer and migrate to warm climates in the winter
    • The journey from Alaska to Hawaii covers over 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometres)
    • This annual migration takes six to eight weeks
    • Adult male humpbacks grow to 50 feet in length
    • Females grow to 60 feet
    • Baby humpbacks are between 13 to 16 feet long at birth and weigh about 1 ton (2,000 lbs.)
    • Adult humpbacks weigh up to 45 tons
    • Only male humpbacks sing

Some interesting facts about sand:

      • Sand is loose granular material resulting from the erosion of rocks and coral
      • Sand typically makes up beaches, river beds, the seabed and deserts
      • Sand can be many colours: white, yellow, brown, red, black, pink, orange, gold, purple or green
      • Sand can range from very fine particles of 1/16 mm to very coarse grains up to 2 mm in diameter
      • There are approximately 5,000 billion billion grains of sand on all the beaches in the world!

Some interesting facts about Spirit bears:

      • Spirit bears are also called Kermode Bears and ghost bears
      • They live in the Great Bear Rain Forest off the west coast of Canada
      • It covers 32,000 sq. km (12,000 sq. miles).
      • The Great Bear Rainforest has now been protected.
      • Spirit bears are actually white black bears and not albinos
      • They are endangered with only about 200 white Kermode Bears remaining
      • Adult Spirit bears weigh about 300lbs.

Some interesting facts about bald eagles:

      •  Until 2007 bald eagles were endangered, but have made a remarkable comeback due to conservation efforts
      •  Bald eagles are not actually bald. The word “bald” is from the word “piebald” meaning patchy  or spotty
      •   It’s the only eagle that lives solely in North America
      •   Bald eagles are the largest birds of prey in Canada and are at the top of the food chain with no natural enemies
      •   In Canada they live mostly along British Columbia’s Pacific Coast
      •   Females grow larger than males
      •   Bald eagles live between 25 to 40 years
      •   If a feather falls off one wing, the other wing will also lose a feather to retain balance when flying
      •   Bald eagle nests are usually high up in trees and can be up to six feet in diameter and up to four feet high