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Why do whales get caught in nets? Young learners read Ibis: A True Whale Story, and learn about a whale who gets caught in a fisherman’s net. Intended to be an independent reading activity, readers record why they think Ibis gets caught in the net and make predictions for the next day’s reading. Included in this resource are two short writing prompts as well. The reading strategies of making predictions and asking questions are the focus of this lesson.
Young scholars research the Gray Whale. In this Gray Whale lesson plan, students use KWL charts to organize information. Young scholars do Internet research to gain information about the whales. Students get into groups and create a mock news broadcast about the Gray Whale to present to the class.
A reading of Whale Journey, a fact-filled picture book by Vivian French, launches a study of the life cycle and migration of three generations of gray whales. The interdisciplinary activity offers opportunities extensions into all subject areas. Language arts classes conclude with the writing of a journal from the point of view of one of the whales.
Middle schoolers will create a children's book on Keiko, the killer whale, that was rehabilitated and returned to the wild after living in an aquarium. In small groups, they conduct internet research to find out the history and current status of Keiko. They evaluate other children's books to design their story and layout. There is a Discovery Channel companion video to go with this instructional activity.
Students explore measurement using whales. In this measurement lesson, students are given facts about the lives of whales. Students color several pictures of whales that are 1 foot long. Students go the playground and stand side by side with their whales to show that it takes 100 to show the true size of a whale.