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Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark Storia Teaching Guide
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.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 189 Views 479 Downloads CCSS: Designed
How Whales Breathe, Communicate... and Fart with Their Faces
Dr. Joy Reidenberg is an expert in comparative anatomy, but also quite relatable to preteens! Here, she lectures on echolocation by likening it to "farting with the face!" She explains with film, actual whale voice recordings, diagrams, and verbal explanation, how their sounds are made.
6 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Kids Page - Whales
Read about the physical features of whales and how they are grouped according to their method of eating food. A neat activity is described on the page; consider carrying this out in class. The resource makes a nice addition to a lesson on whales or animal adaptations.
4th - 6th Science 21 Views 17 Downloads
People and Whales: A History
Whales and people have had a long and sordid 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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 39 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Humphrey The Lost Whale
The children's book Humphrey the Lost Whale tells an amazing tale of a community joining together for a common cause. Read this book with your class, making connections between the events in the story and personal experiences of young learners.
K - 3rd Language Arts 9 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Why Are Blue Whales So Enormous?
Isn't it strange that Earth's largest animal lives on one of its tiniest? Using Sesame-Street-style puppetry, this video explains how this phenomenon happens. Viewers learn that a single mouthful of krill taken in by a whale has the calorie content of 1,900 hamburgers!
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Keiko, Killer Whale
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.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
Whales, Whales, Whales!
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.
3rd - 5th Science 6 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Wild Whale Classification
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, as learners examine the similarities and differences they see in a set of whale images.
1st Science 11 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Free Willy? An Argument Analysis of the Controversy over Captive Killer Whale Populations
An abused captive or a treasured performer? Given the rhetoric on both sides of the issue of captive killer whale populations the question arises, "Is it possible to have a rational discussion of this controversial topic?" Class members conduct an analysis of arguments presented by both sides, labeling those claims that can be supported and those that need additional information before deciding if the claim is true.
11th - 12th Science 8 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Diving Whale Sculpture
Students identify two types of whales: toothed whales and baleen whales, and understand that whales come to the surface for air. Then they recognize that whales are mammals (they nurse their young and are warm-blooded). Students also research whale's eating habits, parenting, migration, and means of communication.
4th - 12th Science 6 Views 9 Downloads
Mapping Blue Whale Migration
Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? A instructional activity 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.
3rd - 8th Science 12 Views 17 Downloads
Beluga Whales in the Ice
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.
K - 2nd Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
The Whale Game
Introduce first graders to the concept of addition and subtraction. They will review what addition and subtraction means and the signs that go with each. Using goldfish crackers to add and subtract, 1st graders will follow along with the teacher as she/he tells a "Whale Tale.
1st Math 4 Views 21 Downloads
A Whale of Importance to the Arctic People
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.
1st - 6th Science 4 Views 15 Downloads
The Gray Whale Obstacle Course Viewing Guide
Students complete a worksheet while watching a film about whales. They examine the human impact on whale migration and identify adaptations the whale has acquired in able to survive. They discover how global warming has effected the whales as well.
5th - 8th Science 5 Views 17 Downloads
A Whale of a Difference
Students research various perspectives on Japan's commercial whaling industry and formulate position papers representing these views. They read the Times article, Yuk! No More Stomach for Whales. Groups present their perspectives on whaling.
6th - 12th Science 6 Views 31 Downloads
HOW WHALES HEAR
Learners discover that aquatic mammals like whales have ear structures that are different from those of humans and other land animals, yet they are perfectly suited to life underwater. They conduct experiment demonstrating on inner ear vibrations.
3rd - 5th Science 5 Views 29 Downloads
The Physics of Human Sperm vs. the Physics of the Sperm Whale
Here is an unusual comparison: the swimming conditions of a sperm cell and a sperm whale. Introduce your physics class to the Reynolds number by sharing this video comparison during your fluid mechanics unit. Afterward, teach them to calculate the Reynolds number for other organisms to determine whether inertial or viscous force is dominant, or assign a laboratory investigation on viscosity of fluids.
4 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable