Stewart's Third Grade Class
Floyd Bennett School
Brooklyn, New York
our class study of mammals, the students were surprised to
discover that a whale is a mammal, not a fish! We continued to
explore whales through fiction, non fiction, and internet
resources, including those suggested in the Whale Tales Project.
Our class was also studying literature genres. The children
suggested that we integrate our knowledge of whales with writing
and experiment with different forms of poetry and prose. We
selected a folk tale, a cinquain, a quatrain, an acrostic, and a
couplet for you to enjoy. We hope you like our work!
How The Whale Got Her Tail
One day long ago a young whale awoke from sleep. Her
name was Chameille. Chameille was sometimes very
lazy. On her birthday, she acted like a lazy bum.
All day she said "Come over here."
When it was time for her cake, she sat on the couch.
Her mom said, "Chameille Jazmyn Hugzinbery, you get
over here this instant!" Then her mom got real mad.
took Chameille outside. She said, "Big sky, blue
sky, show dicipline to lazy people!" All of a
sudden, the water shook. Chameille looked down. Her
legs were growing closer and closer together. She
pulled and pulled. Nothing worked. Finally, she gave
up. She didn't have legs anymore. She covered her
eyes for 1 minute. Then she opened her eyes. She
looked down. She had a tail. She was shocked,
terrified, scared and frightened. Her mother said,
"Serves you right! I hope you learned your lesson:
Never be lazy. Always help.
Whales are very big and tall
and their babies are hardly ever small.
They come in different shades and sizes,
but the color black most of all.
Sometimes whales don't get along,
when they open their mouths to fight
It looks like they're singing a song
but they're really about to bite.
Whales, whales, whales
With their little grey tails,
Into the ocean, out of the ocean
With their blowhose sprouting.
Swim by the fishes
With his meal that he wishes.
Swimming, eating, breathing
Come in many kinds
Whales swim with
Habitat is in
deep costal waters
live in the sea that are mammals
Tails with black
Lakes don't have
enough water for them
Swim in pods or
Patricia Knox, Linda Brandon & Susan Silverman - Whale Tales 2004