Last year our class was
involved in a school-wide ocean study as part of our annual MARE
Marine Activities Resources & Education . The students
learned about life on rocky shores as first graders and are
looking forward to learning more about sandy beaches this
spring. But ... who can resist the mysteries of the deep ocean?
My class was very excited to study whales by participating in
We began by sharing many
whale-related books and Internet sites.
Whales and Whale Times
were the most useful sites for us. The class seemed to
appreciate whale fiction as much as the wonderful books loaded
with information about whales. Favorites were Humphrey the
Lost Whale, Dear Mr. Blueberry, A Whales' Song,
and A Garden of Whales.
This is Colt's tail fluke.
He's the whale we adopted in 2003.
The Whale Center of New
England is a non-profit organization dedicated to
whale and marine research, conservation, and education in
eastern Massachusetts. See their
Program. We're adopting Tornado this year.
by Mrs. McGowan's Class
Splashing, breaching, diving
They breathe air through a blowhole.
Singing, playing, protecting
Dreaming about riding through
the ocean with a whale became the topic most of us chose to use
in our writing response. We combined a fictional piece with
whale facts, illustrations, and Microsoft's Word Art (learning
how to use this technology was fun) in our Whale Tales
HERE to see our Newsletters.
Samples of Student Work
The Traveling Dolphin by Lia
wanted to travel to Italy. Guess what I did? I rode on a
dolphin. It was called a Pink Dolphin. I named her Lovely. I
went through the ocean with her. On the way to Italy, I saw sea
animals like octopus, jelly fish, seals, sharks and whales.
While we were there, we went to Rome and by accident, we scared
people on a boat by a bridge. We saw the Roman Coliseum and
Lovely bought me an Italian flag. It was so cool! I was so sad
because I had to go home. I wanted to stay there longer, but I
got back on Lovely and we went back home. All the way home I was
talking about it and I said "thank you' to Lovely.
* They live in the Amazon River.
* They have been found more than 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) up the
* They are also known as boto.
* They have leaf-shaped teeth and eat squid and fish.
* They are born gray and then turn to pink.
Riding With A Narwhal
wanted to travel through the Atlantic ocean. One night there was
a knocking on the door. It was a narwhal! He wanted to see if I
wanted a ride through the ocean. I never thought this would
We went through a secret path to get to the water. When we
got there, we flipped through the air. It was scary when we went
upside down, but it was fun too.
After a while we had to go home. It felt great to ride with a
whale. We had to go home. Even though I felt sad, I had to say
goodbye and then I went home to bed.
Here are two online activities that will
help review what you have learned about whales.
Name that Whale: Make a Match
All About Whales: Drag & Drop Cloze
We hope you enjoyed this
presentation. Once again, please visit our
Whale Web Site.