Elephant Seals

This short course delves into the world of Elephant Seals, one of the most remarkable species found in Antarctica.

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life on Land

100% Free Course

What is in this Course?

In this short course, we delve into the world of Elephant Seals, one of the most remarkable species found in Antarctica. We will explore the challenges these creatures face, and how they have adapted to the harsh conditions. From understanding their habitat and behaviours, to tracing their migration patterns and role in the ecosystem.

These magnificent animals can hold their breath for up to two hours, dive to depths of over 5,000 feet in search of food, and swim up to 33,800 km (21,000 miles) per year, in pursuit of their next meal. Their ability to survive and thrive in one of the harshest environments on the planet is a testament to their remarkable adaptability and remarkable physiological features, such as their thick blubber and flexible nostrils that close underwater to conserve oxygen. So many great facts about these incredible creatures awaits your students in this course!

Teaching program

The teaching program is designed to walk teachers through the process of teaching your students about Elephant Seals. The document is aligned with the curriculum but can be downloaded and edited to suit the needs of your school or state. The course documents include real-world learning opportunities in which students use the knowledge they have just gained, to improve the lives and the knowledge of those around them.

Real World Learning

This course integrates the concept of refugees into the curriculum. It points out that, in nature, we can see different animals living together on the same beach, in the jungle, or swimming in the sea. This course attempts to assist students in making their school a welcoming place just like the diverse oceans of the world.

One task is to design a poster, using the one provided as inspiration, that sends a powerful message: “Everyone is Welcome Here!” Students can use their  own creative ideas to show how we embrace diversity in a special way. Many people around the world are in need of help, and we can be a shining light by keeping our minds, hearts, and doors open to everyone who needs a friend.