Is That a Whale?
Students research the characteristics and examples of the two main types of whales. They work in groups to study the habitats of each type of whale before developing a slideshow presentation of the information.
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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
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
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...
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable