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- Kimberly M., Special Education Teacher
- Arkadelphia, AR
Whale Teacher Resources
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Whales and people have had a long and sodid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration. Discussion, active research, and application, makes for a good activity!
The bowhead whale of the Arctic region is of great importance to the people that live there. Your class will brainstorm all they know about this wonderful whale and create an informational video, which they will share with the children from the North Slope Borough school and vice versa. They'll then watch a video of Inupiaq elders sharing their thoughts on the bowhead whale, which they will use to compose a skit which will be recorded and again shared with the North Slope Borough school. A final discussion will revolve around the differences in initial understanding about the importance of whale found between North Slope students and those living in lower latitudes.
Teacher guides are wonderful tools with tons of ideas that help you relate content in many different ways. Using the high-interest book, Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark, learners will hone their discussion and reading comprehension skills. Included are vocabulary and comprehension worksheets as well as several wonderful teaching ideas and discussion questions related to the text. Teaching strategies include, compare and contrast, paired reading, critical thinking, and ways to connect text to four other subject areas. Note: I read this book with my first graders and they loved it!
Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? A lesson plan about the migration of the North Pacific blue whale! Project a map of the migration route and have them draw a replica on their own tabletop map. Learners employ their math skills to use the scale on the map to calculate the total distance traveled. Finally, have them write a story that tells what the whales were up to at each stopping point along the journey. This resource is from a reputable source and comes with many helpful teaching aids.
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 lesson.
Did you know you can classify whales into two major categories; whales with teeth and whales with baleen? Audio recordings of a whale song kicks off the lesson plan, as learners examine the similarities and differences they see in a set of whale images. They discuss how a whale survives and that there are two different types of whales, those with teeth and those with baleen. In pairs, they examine their whale cards and determine which part of the whale chart their whale card belongs to, they orally describe their reasoning and then work independently to complete a Venn diagram.
What kind of movements do whales make? The class investigates whale movements by accessing an online visual dictionary. In small groups or pairs, they use the online dictionary to complete a worksheet that describes five types of movements whales typically make. They then go outside and create dances by sequencing the five whale movements any way they wish. An integrated lesson that includes movement, dictionary work, computer skills, and animal behavior.
Students examine the characteristics of particular whales. In this whale characteristics instructional activity, students discover the methods scientists use to track whales and attempt to match the unique pattern of callosities themselves. A role playing activity is included in which the students pretend to be scientists who may have spotted a special whale named Phoenix.
Primary marine biologists consider the largest living animals on Earth, the whales. Introduce them to general anatomy, unique adaptations, and behaviors. Teach them to sing a song that will help them remember some of these facts. Finally, take them outdoors to draw a life-sized outline of a whale and have them give younger learners a tour of the anatomy. Memorable!
The title says it all! Help your pupils learn all about whales. Class members research different species of whales and share the information via video conferences with kids from another school. They conduct research on a selected species of whale, create a computer slideshow to present to the other school, and complete a compare and contrast sheet while they are watching their partner's presentation.
Students think about how beluga whales survive in icy Arctic and subarctic waters and why they sometimes need to migrate. Students will view and sketch photographs of ice at different stages of thickness, look at pictures of belugas, and discuss how belugas' bodies are adapted to life in the ice.
Students investigate how a whale's ear is different from those of other animals. In this sound lesson, students watch a video that canhelp them understand how whales hear. Students also conduct an investigation that shows students how vibrations transmitted into the inner ear create the sounds that we hear.