Whales are by far my most favourite animal! They are completely amazing!
Not only do they live in our oceans, but they are they the largest animals in the world. I love teaching kids about whales and sharing my own enthusiasm and amazement over these majestic creatures.
Just like with any new science unit, we start off 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 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.
I use a large anchor chart with the labels “can, have, are, eat, look” to record facts as we read from some different whales 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.