The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group advocate for a better understanding of cetaceans and their habitats through education and research, and they believe that the first step in becoming an ocean literate and informed society starts with our youngest citizens.
Continuing their excellent efforts, the IWDG are delighted to announce a new educational resource for young and aspiring marine biologists, ‘Ireland’s Blubber Book – Flukes Junior Vol 1‘, a comprehensive and easy-to-use workbook on cetaceans found in Irish waters, ideally for primary school children aged between 9-12.
Ireland’s Blubber Book will be officially launched on the IWDG’s Facebook Page on the 28th of January.
This book was created to support the aims of the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development. By equipping learners with the relevant knowledge (the what), the key dispositions and skills (the how) and the values (the why), it will motivate and empower them throughout their lives to become informed active citizens, who take action for a more sustainable blue future.
Teachers can use this resource in a classroom setting, going through the content and worksheets themselves. The IWDG are also happy to facilitate virtual workshops, making the experience even more interactive and engaging.
Interested schools are encouraged to contact the IWDG education and outreach officer Sibéal at firstname.lastname@example.org to find our more about using this excellent new book in their classroom.
Alternatively, the book will soon also be available on the Irish Whale and Dolphin Website (iwdg.ie) for children to enjoy learning about whales and dolphins from home.
IWDG would especially like to thank Inis, Energy of the Sea, for sponsoring the development of this book, and the Irish Ocean Literacy Network member John Joyce, for donating his beautiful illustrations and cartoons.