Teaching whales for kids? Read this post for a beluga directed drawing idea, activity to build whale vocabulary, and engage your primary students in science and ELA lessons.
Teaching Kids About Whales
Whales are my favorite animals! They are completely amazing! Not only do they live in our oceans, but they are the largest animals in the world. I love teaching kids about whales and sharing my enthusiasm and amazement over these majestic creatures.
Whales for Kids: Know Wonder Learn
Just like with any new science unit, we start by sharing what we already know. Another reason why I love teaching about whales is I find that kids do not usually have a lot of prior knowledge about them. This activity builds the excitement to learn about whales even more.
We share what we wonder about whales and come up with “deep thinking” questions with a partner. I always let kids write their questions on sticky notes. I think this gets them more excited about doing it. They share their “wonders,” and we add them onto a poster.
Whales for Kids: Anchor Chart
I use a large anchor chart with the labels “can, have, are, eat, look” to record facts as we read from some different whale books over the next few days. I use a chart like the one below to keep all of our new learning organized and attainable. Later, we use this useful chart to help us with our whale non-fiction writing.
Whale Facts for Kids
Whales for Kids: Nonfiction Book
- Define the word.
- Illustrate the meaning of their word.
- Teach the class.
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I love the whales, you did a great job incorporating a lot of information.
Leslie - The Groovy Teacher
Your Whale Pack looks amazing Elyse, I would love to have it and use it with my new batch of kiddies this fall. Thanks so much for the chance to win.