We began our study of whales
by practicing our visualization skills during the reading of
Whales Passing by Eve Bunting. I read the book to my class
and did not show them the illustrations. They used their
knowledge of whales and their imaginations to create these
wonderful illustrations. We then read the book again and
compared their images to the author’s images.
Since this book sparked our
interest in whales we decided to read factual books. Two of the
books we read were Do Whales Have Belly Buttons? by
Melvin and Gilda Berger and I Didn’t Know That Whales Can
Sing by Kate Petty. We then compiled a list of whale facts
during a shared writing lesson.
During the month of April we
read poetry and we decided that we would like to create poems
about whales. The form of poetry I chose to teach first was
Haiku. I showed the students several sample haiku. We then
composed our class haiku during an interactive writing lesson.
We broke into small
cooperative groups and each group composed an original haiku.
They then sketched a scene with a whale. They used these
sketches and the drafts of their poems and recreated them on
Kids Pix. We hope you enjoy reading them!