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Lesson Plan
SeaWorld

Animal Migrations

For Teachers K - 3rd
Here is a fabulous set of activities for your young scientists. Each lesson contains map, hands-on, and game activities that will help the class understand why and how animals migrate from one place to another. First they'll examine the...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Keiko, Killer Whale

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Interactive
Mr. Nussbaum

Blue Whale

For Students 1st - 2nd Standards
An interactive tests scholars' reading comprehension skills. After reading or listening to a brief informational text, learners answer five fill-in-the-blank questions. Results appear instantly.
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Website
American Museum of Natural History

A Whale of a Tale

For Students 6th - 12th
What's the most interesting fact about a blue whale? Learners read an interview about the similarities between the Titanosaur and the blue whale displays at the American Museum of Natural History. Pupils learn not only about blue whales...
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Interactive
CK-12 Foundation

Large Decimal Rounding to Decimal Representations: Weighing a Whale

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
An interactive challenges mathematicians to round large numbers with help from a large scale that measures the weight of a blue whale. The practie's five questions include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true or false, and an open...
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Teach Engineering

Machines and Tools (Part 2)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Which pulley system will give us a whale of a good time? Teams compare the theoretical and actual mechanical advantages of different pulley systems. They then form a recommendation for how to move a whale from an aquarium back to the ocean.
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NOAA

Vertebrates II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mammals of the ocean unite! Or not. The 20th installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program investigates how warm-blooded marine mammals survive in water. In the class activity, learners use...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Whales and Fish: Creatures of the Deep

For Students 5th Standards
Practice comparing and contrasting details in informational text with a reading passage about whales. It explains the ways that fish and whales are similar, as well as the ways they are different, and specific characteristics of various...
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Ask a Biologist

It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
For as small as they are, plankton sure play an enormous role in maintaining marine ecosystems. Dive into an investigation of these tiny organisms with a hands-on life science activity in which children cut out pictures of sea animals...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Whale Song Acrostic

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
What do whales sing about? Invite your class to imagine the thoughts of whales before writing acrostic poems on the topic. The plan blends together a bit of life science with plenty of opportunities for creativity and writing.
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Printables
Curated OER

My Mini Book About...

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Elementary learners complete a mini book on polar bears. The resource contains four pages, each a quarter of a page, including one title page with a picture of a polar bear and a space for kids to write their names. 
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Printables
Teacher Printables

My Flip Book About . . .

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Print these as two-sided handouts from which elementary entomologists can make a flip-style book about beetles (or a variety of other animals that are available as well). They research the habitat, food, and other interesting information...
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Printables
Teacher Printables

My Mini Book About …

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
This is one of several printable pages on which little life scientists can write out their research on an assigned animal. The highlighted page is for alligator research, but several other animal pages are included as other materials....
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Diving Whale Sculpture

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners 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...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Who am I?

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
A matching activity on some common marine mammals is here for you. In it, 12 animals such as polar bears and seals are found. Each of the animals has a colorful and accurate picture associated with it. The bonus question at the bottom...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Whose Point of View? The Journey of Three Generations

For Teachers 5th - 10th
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 lesson offers opportunities extensions into all subject...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Food Chain Checkers

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students model the food chain. For this lesson, students play a game resembling checkers that simulates the food chain within the ocean. Students make changes to the game to better represent how the food chain operates.
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

How Big Is a Blue?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students sort and compare/contrast the lengths of various whales. They sort pictures of whales in order of smallest to largest, and given a rope marked with the lengths of the whales, they compare the actual lengths of the whales.
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Lesson Plan
Learning to Give

Humphrey The Lost Whale

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
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...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Blubber Gloves

For Teachers 5th
The ways that animals adapt to their environments is quite remarkable. In this life science lesson, fifth graders take a look at some of the ways that aquatic animals that live in Arctic or Antarctic waters survive. They perform an...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Let's Visit Hervey Bay

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore the concept of saving files on the computer.  In this computer technology and science lesson, students download pictures, facts, and sounds of whales and save them to a disk.  Students then discuss the information they...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Whale Watchers

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students research physical characteristics and ocean habitats of common species of whale. They create artwork illustrating characteristics of a particular species of whale using a crayon resist technique. Students identify different...
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PPT
Curated OER

Marine Fisheries Management

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Almost 200 slides make this a vast collection! It is a quirky collection, titled "Marine Fisheries Management," but having little to do with that occupation. What you will find are two-toned blue backgrounds with no pictures, but a few...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Whale Crossword

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this whales crossword puzzle instructional activity, students use the 10 clues and the terms in the word bank to help them correctly complete the word puzzle.