May 25, 2017
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A whale of a tale

Hillcrest School students teach youngsters about the giant ocean mammals


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BY JAMES LAWSON
jlawson@kenoshanews.com


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Visiting second-graders at Hillcrest School had a whale of a time learning about the aquatic marine mammals Wednesday.

The youngsters, taking part in Hillcrest’s annual Whale Project, learned by doing crafts, watching a video presentation and walking through the inside of a 56-foot-long, 20-foot-wide humpback whale model.

The Whale Project is an opportunity for Hillcrest students to hone their math, English and social studies skills by building the whale to scale, creating presentations and activities and showcasing their research about whales.

Math teacher Mike Sievert said students designed the model’s flippers and fluke (tail) from patterns, and he made the main portion of the whale with a student who traced a pattern and then taped it all together.

Inside the whale, Hillcrest sophomore Adriana Garcia taught the second-graders about the different types of whales, their marine habitat and how species like the humpback and blue whales are capable of traveling thousands of miles without feeding.

At another station, the youngsters made blubber from a putty-like material.

Hillcrest is an alternative school in the Kenosha Unified School District for grades 6-12 where students who struggle in a traditional school setting can continue their education via nontraditional programs.

Field trips and special assignments prepare students through activity-based learning for what Principal Eihan Benzaquen describes as “developing a circle of courage.”

Hillcrest has hosted the Whale Project for seven years, selecting three to four schools to visit the display each year.

Teachers and students made eight presentations Wednesday. Another session is scheduled next Wednesday.


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