|Children are fascinated with
whales and will be very motivated to learn about these gentle
giants. You may want to begin your unit by reading The
Whales'Song. After the story, introduce your students to our
how children throughout the world will be learning about whales and
sharing their creative work online. It is very possible that one
day their jobs will involve using technology to collaborate with
colleagues in different geographic locations.
Your students will probably be unfamiliar
with the music when they visit this web site. Use it an
opportunity to learn about Jacque
Cousteau. John Denver wrote and sang Calypso to honor
him and his crew in their efforts to explore the ocean. Students
can read the lyrics as they listen to the music. Before long, they
will be singing the words to the song whenever
they visit this web site!
When your students begin their research,
they will find out that the oceans are not safe for all whales. In
some places, minke whales are being hunted for "scientific
purposes." Students may want to know what they can do to
protect these whales. One suggestion is to write protest
letters about this situation. ReadWriteThink
has a Letter
Generator students will enjoy using.
We hope these elementary school lesson
plans will be helpful. Please let us know if there are any that
you would like us to include.
and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, young children will find
information on blue whales and write letters to scientists.
Whales and People
Students will learn why how human activities affected the right
whale in this XPEDITIONS lesson plan.
Whales in the Ice
In this XPEDITIONS lesson, children in grades K-2 will study how
beluga whales are able to survive in icy Arctic and subarctic
waters. You may want to begin this lesson by singing Baby
Beluga. (When you click on the Baby Beluga link you'll find the
words to this song along with some neat project ideas!)
Whales' Place in the Ocean
Students in grades 3-5 will learn how many whale species can survive
within one area of the ocean in this XPEDITIONS lesson plan.
After reading this book, print out Getting
the Facts to help students explore the concept of measurement
Day on A Whale Watch
Rebecca Peryea created this detailed curriculum
unit to accompany Karen Smyth's online story.
In this hands-on science activity students will make a blubber
glove to discover how blubber keeps an animal warm.
This unit was developed for grades 3-6 but can be adapted for
younger grades. The entire cross-curricular unit in PDF format
can be printed.
Right Whales is a WhaleNet
resource. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston,
Massachusetts with initial support from the National Science
Online Whale Exploration
Wendy McClellan's student teacher
Mrs. Christina Mobley from the
University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, created this activity for
Whale's Tale about Tolerance
In this WebQuest, children read a online
story that teaches tolerance and the lifecycle of whales.
© S. Silverman - Whale Tales - 2004