(Repost from 07/03/2007)
I find this story to be interesting for several reasons. First, the mental picture I have of these toys washing overboard and floating around the world for the past 16 years makes me chuckle. Second, our children think this story is hysterical. Third, it’s cool that technology has made it possible to track these floatees as they’ve trekked the oceans of the world.
I know of examples of students tracking the migration patterns of whales, severe weather, earthquakes, sea turtles, sports teams, things in space, etc. but these rubber ducks bring an entirely new element of fun to such an activity.
What are some ways that you could extend this idea and integrate it into a lesson?
What technologies might be integrated into these kinds of activities?