Oceans: whales

This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete. 

There are two videos to choose from about whales. The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

Now choose an Activity

comparing types of whales

This is an activity for middle grade students who can read. Create a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting types of whales. First, download and print this Venn Diagram template. Then, read about the whales and fill in the diagram. What is different about each type of whale? What is the same? Save your Venn Diagram for your portfolio.

make whale origami

Spend some time experimenting with Origami by making whales! Here is one printable that gives careful instructions and makes it easy.
Make just one whale and add it to your Ocean Zones poster, or make a whole pod of whales and make a mobile out of them by tying them to a coat hanger on strings of varying lengths, like this, only with whales!

whale facts and blubber experiment

First, watch this video about Whales.

Then, set up this whale blubber experiment.

You’ll need:

  • 4 ziplock bags
  • A bowl full of water and ice
  • Crisco shortening, or a block of lard or vaseline
  • A thermometer 
  • A stop watch (on your phone). 

Books About whales

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

Whale Read Aloud