As part of their literacy and science curriculum, the first graders took a field trip to see a life-sized whale.
The whale and accompanying exhibits are a partnership with the UCA STEM program.
The whale is set up inside the gym at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School.
Each first grade student had the opportunity to go inside the huge whale to experience what it was like...as well as participate in several other science experiments.
"The very best part is watching the kids' faces when they walk in and see how big the whale actually is," said Nicole Loftis, Instructional Facilitator.
Besides walking inside the giant whale, students also felt the insulating power of blubber firsthand, tried to filter out pretend "krell" from ocean water through their teeth, and had their faces painted.
"This is something they will definitely remember and that their teachers can use as a springboard as they continue to teach this year."