Our class found out facts about whales. We wrote reports to show all that we learned. There were four groups that researched different types of whales. The whales we researched were the Right Whale, Humpback Whale, Orca and Blue Whale. After the reports were finished, we made new groups where every student became the “expert” of their whale and shared the facts they learned.
After we shared our facts, we discussed the fact which students felt to be the most important, the SIZE! We first discussed the average size of each whale, then organized the data from each whale.
Orca Whale- 25 feet
Right Whale- 55 feet
Humpback Whale- 48 feet
Blue Whale- 98 feet
As a teacher, I did not feel the students understood the true meaning of each size, so we took it outside. We joined Mrs. Trisoliere’s class to see how long each whale really was. Here are some pictures from the day.
Blue Whale (WOW!!)
The students who learned about the Blue Whale also learned that its heart alone, is the size of a small car! So we found one and stood around it.
It took 18 kids to go around “the heart”.