Introduction

Resources
Tasks
Learning Advice
Standards
Assessment
Process
Conclusion
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Introduction

Why did the whale cross the road?

To get to the other tide! 

 

Whales live in water, but they are not fish. Whales are mammals like you and me. There are many different and unique whales with interesting names such as bottlenose dolphin or narwhal or killer whale. Some whales are the biggest animals on earth. Many are endangered and need our help.

 

What do you think a whale sounds like? What do you think a whale eats? Where do they live in the wide ocean? What can we do to help them survive?

 

You and a grown-up helper will be taking several trips to whale sites to find answers to these questions.

 

When you have finished the trips, you will be an expert on your whale. I will give you some ways to show and tell what you have learned. Please bring in your research and work to share with the class. This will be your presentation. We would like to know what you found out and did.

 Lets take a quick trip right now to find out more about these special animals!

 

Here we go!

Look for the blow!

Are you ready to go visit a whale?

 IT WILL BE A WHALE OF A TRIP!

click here

 

To hear a whale

click here. 

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Tasks

Your task, with your helper, is to research your favorite whale. You will learn how your cetacean or whale speaks, lives and eats. Use the websites to gather information.

 

  On the Whale Note Taking Task Sheet (which you will be able to print out), you and your helper will record some important and interesting facts about your whale.

 

Color a picture or do a dot-to-dot of your whale (which you will be able to print out) or do an art project.

 

Give a short presentation to the class telling what you have found out about your whale and showing us what you made.

 

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Process

You will be working with a partner who is your grown-up helper. Together you will enjoy learning new things about your whale.

 

You are ready to begin your whale search. From the Resource Chart below you will pick a whale that you would like to find out more about.

 

Use the Whale Note Taking Task Sheet to help you with your whale information and presentation.

 

Whale Note Taking Task Sheet

 

  Print a color sheet or dot-to-dot of your whale from the website you will visit on the Resource Chart.

or 

  Do a suggested art project, create your own, or make a poster using photos from the Internet to use as a visual aid in your presentation. 

 Art Projects

Think of at least 3 important facts about your whale and 3 more about your artwork to tell the class.

 

With your helper, practice what you will say, so as a class, we can be good listeners for you. Look at your Assessment Rubric to make sure you cover all the pieces in your presentation.

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Learning Advice

Underlined items are links to travel to other places.

When you are on a website, to go back, press the back button.

Whenever you see a you can click on it to see a photo(s).

Whenever you see ayou can click on it to see a movie.

Remember, pictures say a lot so pay attention to them!

Whenever you see a you can click on it to take you where the button says.

When finding out about the length and weight of your whale make sure you check the unit that the author of the sight used. Weight might be in pounds (lb) or kilograms (kg) and the length might be in feet (ft) or meters (m).

Go to the Whale Glossary if you would like to know more about the meaning of a word used to tell about your whale.

Whale Glossary

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Resources

Blue BBWhaBBlBbbbbbb
.........Grey
......Sperm
......Humpback
............. Bowhead
...........Killer
........ Dolphin
........Beluga
...................Narwhal

Click here for even more information about your whale and great photos too!

 

Click here to see the Whale Center of New England's Whale Picture Gallery. See several different kinds of whales that swim in the Atlantic Ocean off of Massachusetts, especiallys.

 

  Click here to see more photos.

Click here to see more photos. 

  Click here to see more photos.

Click here to see morephotos.

Click here to see more photos.

Click here to see a big photo of a.

  Click here to see a big photo of a .

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To see whale parts close up

click here.

 

To get answers from a scientist about whale questions

click here.

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Whales face dangers, such as pollution,hunting, and getting trapped in fishing nets. As people, we must look out for whales and keep them safe. To find out what happened to Metompkin, a Right whale when it was trapped in a fisherman's net

click here.

 

Click here and then go to the button 2 to see if your whale is endangered.

 

If you would like to know about the rescue and recovery of a baby Grey whale

click here.

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To read some whale jokes, click the dolphin.

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Vermont Standards

 

Speaking

Information Technology
The Living World

1.15 Students use verbal and nonverbal skills to express themselves effectively. This is evident when students

a. Share information.

1.18 Students use computers, to gather information and ideas, and to represent information and ideas accurately.

7.13 Students understand the characteristic of organisms. This is evident when students:

a. Identify characteristics of organisms.

c.Describe and show examples of the interdependence of all systems that support life(e.g., family, community, food chains)

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Assessment Rubric

Criteria
Almost There
Topnotch!
Over the Top
Learn about 1 kind of whale

 

Student completes some sections on the Whale Note Taking Task Sheet.

 

Student completes ALL sections on the Whale Note Taking Task Sheet.

Student completes a color sheet of a whale.

Student achieves Topnotch and completes 1 of the following:

~adds more details to the Whale Note Taking Task Sheet.

~completes an art project of a whale.

Use of the WebQuest
Student will:

~locate the WebQuest.

~select correct links with in the WebQuest for your whale.

~Travel to and from the Internet source and our WebQuest with adult support .

Student will:

~locate the WebQuest

~select correct links within the WebQuest for your whale.

~travel to and from the Internet source and our WebQuest with adult support.

Student will:

~locate the WebQuest.

~select correct links within the WebQuest for your whale.

~travel to and from the Internet source and our WebQuest almost independently with adult support only once in a while.

Create a Whale Presentation with a Visual Aid
Information presented is hard to understand or hear.

Student shares less than 3 whale facts.

Student does not have a visual aid.

Student presents information clearly and can be heard.

Student shares 3 whale facts.

Student has art project to accompany presentation.

Student shares information clearly with good eye contact towards the audience.

 

Student shares more than 3 whale facts.

Student has an art project to accompany presentation and is able to say 3 statements about it.

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Conclusion

Flapping Flippers! You are now a whale WebQuest graduate. I hope you and your helper had a fun and educational time on your journey. You have all completed a presentation for the class to show what you have learned about your favorite whale. You will learn about several other whales through the presentations of your classmates.

Please consider this WebQuest as an introduction to whales. There are many other wonderful Internet sites and activities to explore and use to gather information. Please take advantage of them when you have time.

A fun extension of this WebQuest would be to learn about the Vermont Whale. Also, it would be to worthwhile to learn about how people are helping whales and how to adopt a whale. Also, it would be exciting to read about what it is like to go on a whale watch in Massachusetts. Click onto the following websites to learn about this and more.

The Vermont Whale
Go On A Whale Watch
Do A Baleen Experiment
Adopt A Whale
Ask a Scientist at Woods Hole,Massachusetts
Do A Blubber Experiment
See Lucy-A Whale In A Classroom
See More Slide Shows About Whales
Read A Book About A Whale

Go to the Library First

Learn How to Help a Stranded Whale
E-mail questions to SeaDog
Visit The Whale Club

I hope you had a great time on your adventure, learned much, and gained a deeper appreciation for whales, the giants of the sea.

 

About the author: My name is Lile Bedard. I am a Kindergarten teacher in Milton Elementary School. Please write me about my WebQuest. I would like to hear from you. Mail to:

Lile_Bedard@fcmail.milton.k12.vt.us

 

 

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