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Take your students on a trip without leaving the classroom!

Have 45 minutes? Find out how to take your students on a FREE virtual field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Meet Winter the dolphin, star of the book Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Craig Hatkoff.

Click here to watch the virtual field trip webcast.

An Informative and Engaging Event
The virtual field trip experience allows students to stay at school but visit places they may never otherwise get to visit. During the 45-minute webcast, classrooms will:

  • Meet a courageous dolphin named Winter at her aquarium home
  • Learn about dolphins and marine life from Winter’s trainers
  • See Winter in action using her prosthetic tail
  • Meet the author(s) of the book Winter’s Tail
  • Celebrate Winter’s 4th Birthday!

From the Web to Your Classroom: Webcast Tips!
Find out how to incorporate the webcast into your beginning-of-the-school-year curriculum by using the Winter’s Tail: Teaching Guide. These lessons and activities will not only be useful before, during, and after the virtual field trip, but can also be used alone or with the video-on demand.

What Do You Need to Participate?
All you need is a computer and a high speed Internet connection! You do not need to download additional software and the webcast is FREE.

An interactive white board or data projector will help enhance the virtual field trip experience, but is not required. If you are using the computer screen to watch the webcast, remember to maximize the video player to full screen:

Preparation Timeline & Reminders:

One Week Prior:

  • Discuss with your IT technician any potential firewall or other issues that may occur on the day of the broadcast. Explore solutions to potential technical issues.
  • Read the webcast outline so that you have a preview of the field trip agenda.
  • Find out more about where you are taking your students! Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium .
  • Build excitement for the virtual field trip by integrating the Winter’s Tail: Webcast Teaching Guide into your curriculum.
  • To help encourage optimal participation, ask students to think of questions for discussion after the webcast.

Day of:

  • Arrange students so that everyone can see the webcast and make sure the volume is high enough for everyone to hear.
  • Explain to students that they are going on a virtual field trip by watching a LIVE webcast. Just like real field trips, your students will need to listen and raise their hands if they have questions.
  • Remind students that during the virtual field trip, they will get to visit Winter’s home, an aquarium in Florida. They will also get to learn from her trailers, watch how she uses her prosthetic tail, meet the authors of the book, and learn about dolphins and marine life.
  • Enjoy the virtual field trip and remember there is no cost to participate! The webcast video will also be archived for later viewing.



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