The Big Miracle vocabulary


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2nd graders are going to see this movie on Tuesday. Here is the vocabulary in the film that we have previewed to deepen our understanding of the film.

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The Big Miracle vocabulary

  1. 1. The Big Miracle Vocabulary Preview A True Story from 1988
  2. 2. Barrow, Alaska <ul><li>Main setting for the movie The Big Miracle </li></ul><ul><li>Located in Northern Alaska </li></ul>
  3. 3. Grey Whale <ul><li>Length about 40 to 50 feet.  Weight about 50,000 to  80,000 pounds.   I have read that they live up to 50 years.   Just like people, once they reach middle age, they seem to get broader .  The Gray Whales have a double blow hole.   </li></ul><ul><li>For More Information: </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fluke <ul><li>The body part on a whale that we often call the tail </li></ul>
  5. 5. Green Peace Organization <ul><li>Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. </li></ul><ul><li>Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by: </li></ul><ul><li>Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change. </li></ul><ul><li>Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves. </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting the world's ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them. </li></ul><ul><li>Working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing. </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming. </li></ul><ul><li>Greenpeace is present in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. </li></ul><ul><li>For More Information: </li></ul>
  6. 6. National Guard <ul><li>You'll serve your community, your state and your country. </li></ul><ul><li>As a Guard Soldier, you can expect your primary area of operation to be your home state, following the leadership of your state adjutant general and governor. This may include community efforts, responding to wildfires or floods. Or, it may include serving overseas, training foreign forces. </li></ul><ul><li>You will also be prepared to mobilize when directed by the president. This may include overseas service or domestic, such as serving along the U.S.-Mexico border. </li></ul><ul><li>So, what does the National Guard do? Whatever is needed, wherever it is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know? President George W. Bush is the only former Air National Guardsman to be president of the United States; the other 19 had Army Guard service. </li></ul><ul><li>For More Information: </li></ul>
  7. 7. Stranded <ul><li>Stuck, needs help </li></ul>
  8. 8. Frozen Landscape <ul><li>The land is all frozen- snow, ice </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tragedy <ul><li>Something terrible that has happened </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hover Barge <ul><li>This is a very large and powerful ship that floats like a barge… </li></ul><ul><li>The Hoverbarge will float like a standard marine barge whilst off hover.  On hover the Hoverbarge can traverse sandbars, shallow water, deep water, ice, ice rubble/chunks and land, enabling loading and offloading on land via ramps.  The Hoverbarge is fully amphibious enabling it to operate during any season , at any water depth and without the need to build roads or dredge rivers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Arctic <ul><li>characteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle; frigid; bleak: an arctic winter. </li></ul><ul><li>( often initial capital letter ) the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timber line . </li></ul><ul><li>For More Information: </li></ul>
  12. 12. North Pole <ul><li>The North Pole , the northernmost point on the Earth , can be defined in four different ways </li></ul>
  13. 13. Migration <ul><li>the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding </li></ul><ul><li>The grey whales will migrate from the cold Arctic to the warmer waters near Mexico. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Publicity <ul><li>Getting attention for something that has happened </li></ul>
  15. 15. Press or Media <ul><li>The news reporters, magazines, newspaper writers, photographers, interviewers, tv reporters, radio news </li></ul>
  16. 16. Endangered <ul><li>An endangered species is a population of animals which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters . </li></ul>
  17. 17. Teamwork <ul><li>Working together to help one another </li></ul>
  18. 18. Last Ditch Effort <ul><li>Giving it one last bit of attention </li></ul><ul><li>This is the last try because we are out of ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>A desperate final attempt, as in We're making a last-ditch effort to finish on time . This expression alludes to the military sense of last ditch , &quot;the last line of defense.&quot; Its figurative use dates from the early 1800s. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Russia <ul><li>A country north of China </li></ul>
  20. 20. USSR… The Soviet Union <ul><li>The USSR is mostly what we NOW call Russia. </li></ul><ul><li>During the movie it was call USSR. </li></ul><ul><li>Union of Soviet Socialists Republic </li></ul><ul><li>It is also referred to as the Soviet Union. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Soviets <ul><li>The people from the USSR. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the largest group of whale hunters, by the way. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Inuit <ul><li>The native people in Alaska- Daily Life: The Inuit life was a hard one. During the day, they hunted for food. At night, the Inuit sheltered tent homes made of animals skins, or in ice igloos, a skill they learned from the Central Eskimos. They made spears, harpoons, and pipes. They carved animals from soft soapstone. They found time storytelling. Songs that told tales of hunting and hardship accompanied their stories.  </li></ul><ul><li>For More Information: </li></ul>
  23. 23. Ronald Reagan <ul><li>40 th President </li></ul><ul><li>President during the time the whales were trapped in the ice. </li></ul><ul><li>Served 1981-1989 </li></ul>