Before Reading Activities
The following activities were created by REBECCA PERYEA to be used before reading A Day on a Whale Watch. The curriculum was created for use with elementary students, and can be modified to meet the needs of the students in your class.
Anticipation Guide with Answers
Have the students make predictions about what happens on a whale watch. What kinds of animal life might they read about? What activities are these animals going to be doing? Chart the students' answers on large paper and hang the paper in the room for future reference.
Have the students create a journal or log. Allow for a page per chapter. Depending on the age of the students you may want to have space for pictures, and the time on each page. The students should decorate their cover and understand the purpose of the log. After each chapter allow the students time to summarize the events and information learned. They should not directly copy the text. The first chapter may need to be modeled for the students.
Talk with the students about the vast amount of Earth that is covered with water, the mysteries that are contained in it and how little is known about the animals that live in the ocean. A whale's habitat is very different from our own. The water has dulled some senses while strengthening others. Scientists are discovering more everyday.
There are wonderful water related poems available. The bibliography contains a few resources. Poems can add to any lesson at any point in the book. I have supplied a few throughout the curriculum.
The following is an anticipation guide. This document can be read to or by the students at the beginning of the story. First, have the students answer the questions on their own. Then pair them up to discuss the answers and talk about differences that they may have. Finally pull the class together and discuss the results to each sentence.
Answer true or false for each of the following statements.
__________ 1. Whales are endangered animals.
__________ 2. Harbor seals are the most common in New England.
__________ 3. Whales are mammals.
__________ 4. Whales eat food that is smaller then the size of your finger.
__________ 5. Whales are recognized by marks on their bodies.
__________ 6. Whales diet in the winter.
__________ 7. No special clothing is needed on a whale watch.
__________ 8. Whale boats can locate whales without technological help.
Answers to the Anticipation Guide
Further information can be found in the story on many of these subjects.
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