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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. You will definitely want to find a way to fit this gem of a lesson into your lessons on whales, marine biology, echolocation, or animal behavior. Your class will have a whale of a time!
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.
Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? A lesson 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.
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!
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. A range of extension activities are provided, from drawing pictures of the communities young scholars are involved in to researching animal rescue organizations. A great lesson that instills in children the importance of community and the ability to work with others.
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.
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.
Students participate in an online whale watching game. They identify the reasons for migration and describe the route. They make predictions on what would happen if the ways did not migrate.
Students 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.
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 plan.
Students experience, through a "dig," the historical discovery of fossils which increasingly link whales to earlier land-dwelling mammals. They encounter the intermediate forms which show changes that lead to the modern whale.
Middle schoolers examine the characteristics of particular whales. For this whale characteristics lesson, 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 middle schoolers pretend to be scientists who may have spotted a special whale named Phoenix.
Students study humpback whale migrations, feeding, social organization, population, scientific investigations and compare humpback whales , research to explore a specific type of whale, and create their own replica of a whale.
Students evaluate the possible causes contributing to the decline of the killer whale population from a number of differing perspectives. They present their findings in a talk show format and in letters of advocacy regarding
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.
Students research information about whales. In this early childhood lesson plan, students create an illustration of a whale to display in a sea scene in the classroom. Students then use the library and internet to research a whale of their choice, focusing on how the whale has adapted to the ocean environment. Students discuss their discoveries.
Students examine whales and how they migrate. In this whale lesson plan students research whales and their migration patterns.
Young scholars investigate how a whale's ear is different from those of other animals. For this sound lesson, students watch a video that canhelp them understand how whales hear. Young scholars also conduct an investigation that shows students how vibrations transmitted into the inner ear create the sounds that we hear.
Students read books, learn about the letter w, and play dolphin, dolphin, whale to learn about whales. In this whales lesson plan, students also color whale pages.
Second graders identify the role of whaling in ancient Hawaii and the role of whales in Hawaii today, identify the migration route of whales and identify the whales that migrate to our Hawaiian waters.