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Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 30-minute sessions|
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).
- WhaleGuide's Reference Desk: Blue Whales
- EnchantedLearning.com: Blue Whale
- DiscoverySchool.com: Blue Whale
- Blue Whale Photographs Underwater
- Blue Whale Photographs
- Acoustics Monitoring Program
- WhaleNet: ASK a Scientist
|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.