Picture of a humpback whale breaching the surfaceWhaleNet Self-Workshop
Used at Tel Ed/Multimedia '96 Conference.


Workshop Goals:

The goals of the Workshop are:
1) to develop a teaching unit based WhaleNet materials and related links, and
2) to become familiar with the WhaleNet resources.

Use this page as a guide to assist you in developing a teaching activity for your class. This guide is designed to stimulate further development on your part. Please feel free to contribute your new activity to the WhaleNet Curriculum listserv, or access the WhaleNet Start-up Activities page.

If you have questions please contact me at williams@whale.wheelock.edu. For more information on professional development click the buttons below.

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WhaleNet Home Page

The WhaleNet home page is divided into three main areas, the Students page, Teachers page and Public page.
The introductory page contains the "WhaleNet Index" which enables you to access more directly the more commonly used areas, the "Satellite Tagging" information link, the "A.S.K. a Scientist" link, the "Link of the Week", the "Catch of the Day" a selection of interactive/informative links, the WhaleNet use statistics, and the Links.
The Expanded Menu contains many of the links on the Quick Find Index, and other useful related links.


Suggestions for Teaching Activity Topics using WhaleNet and links

I. Plot the course of Metompkin (the right whale) or Stephanie (the hooded seal) on their migratory routes.

Subject areas
* Life Science: migration, food sources, productivity
* Geography: navigation, geographic land formations
* Math: distances, rate of travel, compass direction

Research Areas:
* Why do animals migrate?
* Is there a pattern to their route?
* Does the animal follow a pattern consistent with a current, ocean temperature, or other environmental factors?

II. Use the WhaleNet listserv information files

Subject Areas
* Political Science: the International Whaling Commission (IWC), case studies in the WhaleNet listserv
* Reading: study case studies on various topics, comprehension
* Writing: write a summary/analysis of a topic based on a subject in the case studies and information files

Research Areas:
* Data analysis: use data files to compare sighting rate, use ratios, statistics, plot locations of sightings, relations to water depth

III. Use Educational Resources links to collect information and images on specific organisms.

Subject Areas
* Science: sorting, characteristics, classification, taxonomy, food chains
* Writing: write creative stories or factual reports on various organisms

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