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Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Soalt

Concord, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies (Candlewick Press, 1997)

  • Dear Mr. Blueberry: Big Book by Simon James (Celebration Press, 1999) or

  • Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James (Aladdin Library, 1996).

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1. Read Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies and Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James.

2. If possible, make a large copy of Emily's fifth letter in Dear Mr. Blueberry or individual copies of the letter to distribute to students.

3. Print out any useful supplemental information about blue whales from the Websites listed.

4. Select and bookmark photos, videos, and sound clips from the Websites listed to use for whole class or individual viewing online.

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