Separate fact from fiction when it comes to keeping our oceans healthy and protecting species at risk.
Help protect species at risk and talk about keeping our oceans healthy. Let your students decide what's "fact" and what's "fiction" when it comes to whales. Follow this up with a game of tag and a craft that turns a wooden clothespin into an adorable orca.
A whale of a time
Orcas and oceans
1. We’ve stretched our brains and worked our lungs, now it’s our chance to get creative. Have students collect supplies needed to make a “crafty orca”. We’ll need:
2. Draw the whale onto the paper, with top and bottom parts separate.
3. Colour the whale using markers or pencil crayons.
4. Cut out each half of the whale.
5. Glue each half to one side of the clothespin.
6. As an added touch, students can write a slogan on their clothespin like “go plastic free” or create paper salmon for their whales to snack on.
7. Display your orcas proudly and spread the word.
Our activities provide a link to the core competencies of the curriculum. The activities engage students in sharing ideas and solutions, having fun learning and moving, and exploring and caring for orcas, salmon and oceans through creative thinking and making.
Relevant core competencies:
The activities also connect to a variety of grade-specific curricular competencies and content in a variety of subjects including Physical and Health Education, Science, Arts Education and Social Studies
Learning about whales, and how to protect them using interactive facts and fiction, tag and making crafty orcas is a fun way to inspire your students to protect the whales.
Whales play an important role in the ecosystem, recycling nutrients, sequestering carbon when they die and providing phytoplankton with nutrients to photosynthesize, which in turn helps by absorbing carbon and producing oxygen. Whales also have comparable intelligence to humans. Some threats to whales include:
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