Marine Mammal Teacher Resources
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Students discuss prior knowledge about marine mammals and then endangered marine mammals. They focus on reasons for the endangered status. Students are introduced to different methods of marine mammal monitoring. Students consider ways such efforts can help in marine conservation efforts.
Pupils study the differences between sets of data and explain how organisms are adapted to their environment. In this marine mammals activity students analyze data based on set criteria.
Students investigate the orca whale. They participate in an online Webquest, listen to whale vocalizations online, answer discussion questions, and locate and read newspaper articles on marine mammals and orca whales.
Students investigate how mammals maintain a fairly constant body temperature under various conditions by engaging in an animal classification activity. They experiment with Crisco in gloved hands and icy water to understand the characteristics of blubber and how it helps maintain body temperature.
Tenth graders discuss marine mammal diving reflex, and measure pulse rate while holding their breath under three conditions: control, warm water, and ice water to determine if humans exhibit marine mammal diving reflex.
Young oceanographers find these common marine mammals in a word search. Each of the eighteen mammals has a bright, but accurate representation of each on the worksheet. Also, there is an answer key at the bottom. Well done!
Students examine the difference between sea mammals and other ocean organisms. They also note the similarities between land and sea mammals. They participate in assembling a chart that displays the differences between mammals and fish.
Learners study marine mammals. In this research based lesson, students examine the characteristics and behaviors of marine mammals. They answer a series of questions using the Internet and create a poster to demonstrate their understand.
In this marine mammal wordsearch worksheet, students locate the names of 12 common marine mammals that are hidden in the puzzle. They use the pictures and names that are shown on the page as a reference for locating the words.
In this science worksheet, students find the names of 20 common marine mammals in a word search puzzle. The word bank has a detailed color drawing of each mammal.
Students analyze the the similarities of their own daily schedule, processes and procedures and those used at work. They research the career of marine mammal rescue and email questions to a career expert. They construct a display and report to the class on the similarities discovered.
Students choose a career featured on the school to career website. They research the career and email an expert in the field of their choice. They answer a series of questions and write a written report on their findings and present them orally to the class.
How many of us can say they've seen a Pacific walrus? Not many and one of the reasons is the impact of climate change on their aquatic environment. Children get to think about the food web of the Bering Sea by creating an actual web with animal cards and a ball of yarn, after they see how all animals and plants of the sea environment are connected, they discuss what would happen if one or more of the animals were to become extinct. The web would start to break down and all animals would be affected. They research ways to protect a declining walrus population.
Marine biology learners examine right whale sighting data from the WhaleNet website. They plot the data on a map and write down the number of adults and calves spotted. Questions accompany the data analysis activity, making this a complete lesson on whale migration.
Students view a video about the humpback whale and why it is endangered. In this endangered species lesson, students recognize the importance of observing and following an endangered species in an ecosystem. Students identify the animals of the ecosystem and answer questions about the video.
Students conduct three different hands-on experiments that demonstrate some of the threats to marine ecosystems. They discuss their findings with the class and ways to combat the problems.
Students explore whales. In this animal adaptation and whale lesson, students access prior knowledge about whales from previous lessons, then use background knowledge to predict the eating strategies of a baleen whale and a toothed whale. Students mimic the feeding methods of these whales using chopsticks, tongs, and other kitchen utensils as mouths and teeth, removing small items representing food from a bowl of water. Students discuss the efficiency and results of the experience.
Explore the majestic grey whale while deepening your understanding of animal adaptations. Grey whales from head to toe are specifically designed to fit their environment. Learners will examine the ways in which the flippers, head, body, and tail of the grey whale help them survive in the wilds of the ocean. This lesson isn't just about animal adaptations and grey whales, it's also about writing to inform an audience. This is an excellent cross-curricular lesson!
Students prepare for a trip to an aquarium by identifying otters, their body parts and behaviors as they read "Pup's Supper", do an otter pantomime and make a puppet. After their field trip, they complete a Venn Diagram of Otter behaviors.
Seventh graders identify and examine the different characteristics of mammals. They discover what they eat and how they give birth to their young. They view video clips to help them identify characteristics.