Gray Whales: Life in the Nursery Lagoons
Students listen to and read the article, Gray Whales: Life in the Nursery Lagoons, and take notes and sketch pictures of gray whales. They list gray whale facts on an information chart, and develop and create a writers workshop assignment.
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It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World
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...
3rd - 7th Science CCSS: Designed
Conserving Canada's Marine Biodiversity
The ocean may seem a world away, but you can actually find it in a science classroom! Learners in the lower grade levels explore the concepts of water pollution, apex predators, the worth of animals, and commercial fishing methods. High...
4th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Machines and Tools (Part 2)
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.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
Whose Point of View? The Journey of Three Generations
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...
5th - 10th English Language Arts
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,...
6 mins 4th - 8th Science