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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 instructional activity!
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! The host webpage includes links to multiple-choice questions that can be used as an assessment or discussion guide, as well as links to more information on blue whales and krill. You could use this in a lesson plan on adaptations or on the food chain in your life science class.
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.
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. This resource is from a reputable source and comes with many helpful teaching aids.
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!
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 activity, 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Students examine the characteristics of particular whales. In 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 students pretend to be scientists who may have spotted a special whale named Phoenix.
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 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 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 examine whales and how they migrate.  In this whale lesson students research whales and their migration patterns.
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.
Learners investigate how a whale's ear is different from those of other animals. In this sound activity, students watch a video that canhelp them understand how whales hear. Learners also conduct an investigation that shows students how vibrations transmitted into the inner ear create the sounds that we hear.