students of Mrs. Hirner's class have been busy learning about
whales and ocean life.
began our study by exploring and writing about different sea
creatures such as starfish, sea urchins, sea turtles, sponges,
etc. Afterwards we brainstormed to compare and contrast
the differences between fish and mammals using Venn diagrams.
Out class learned so much we didn't know before when writing to
compare and contrast.
onto our whales. After browsing the Internet to discover
different kinds of whales, we chose our favorite and wrote Haiku
poetry about them which we illustrated with Kid Pix.
blubber glove experiment we found linked on this project's
web site. The kids loved seeing how much blubber acts as
an insulator for our whale friends. Here is a
Kidspiration template that you
can use if you have the program.
Finally, partners wrote an informative essay using facts learned
from the point of view of their favorite whale. These are
being displayed on a water colored mural background we painted.
All of us had a whale of a time.
Jeffrey the Humpback Whale
name is Jeffrey the Humpback Whale. Let me tell you about
cold northern waters in the summer. Then I migrate to
warmer waters in tropical and subtropical areas for mating.
I can grow up
to 50-62 feet in length. I may weigh as much as 45 tons!
I have a life span of 60-90 years. Isn't that cool?
I eat krill,
plankton, and schooling fish such as capelin herring and
Philip, the humpback is known for singing songs for my mom,
Stephanie. We Humpbacks swim very slowly. We are
endangered because men hunted us.
sister Melanie is a calf. When my sister was born she
drank milk from slits near my mom's tail. All of my family
are mammals which means we drink milk from our moms (Like
Melanie does) when we are young. We have well developed
brains and have a backbone. That makes us vertebrates!
are baleen whales that means that we have special plates growing
from our upper jaw. They work like strips hanging down in
our mouth. I filter food out of the water. I mainly
enjoy eating plankton, small schooling fish and krill. I
can eat several thousand pounds a day! I hope you liked
our story. Bye-Bye
Jeffrey, Stephanie, Melanie and Philip
The Humpback Pod
Deanna and Cassidy