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In the Company of Whales Teacher's Guide

Brenda Boreham

Pacific Edge Publishing

52 pp, softcover, blackline masters

Level: Grades 2-5

 

$2.95 (PDF)

 

 

Summary

Alexandra Morton spent many years observing and studying orca in the wild. Her book, In the Company of Whales, gives the reader a fascinating glimpse into the life of a scientist working in the field. The book consists of a collection of notes, photographs, and diary entries that provide a wealth of information about the whales living in the waters off the coast of North America.

 

Comment

This book is an excellent resource for a teacher, at any grade level, who is planning to use the orca as a basis for a theme of study. Specific information and data is easy to locate as it is separated from the diary entries and enclosed in black outline boxes. In the Company of Whales is written at an intermediate level but could easily be used as a read aloud for primary students. The book could be read as a whole, or in parts, as the class works through a unit of study on the orca.

 

Table of Contents

 

UNIT OVERVIEW

INTEGRATED STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES

 

Pre-Reading

Museum Collection

Viewing a Video

Brainstorming

Pre-test

 

Reading

Brainstorming

Listening for Information

Venn Diagram

Reading for Information

 

Writing

Border Paper

Patterns

 

Spelling

Word List

Word Search Spellamadoodle

 

Research

Group Project

Individual Project

 

Science

Orea Appearance

Orea Communication

Identification of Whales

Families

Behaviour

Food Chain Flip book

Book Mark

Read and Think

 

Math

Dice Game

 

P.E.

Whale in the Sea

Orea Balancing Relay

 

Art

Stuffed Whale Mobile Draw a Whale

Orcas in the Wild Picture

 

EVALUATION

Pre-Test/Post-Test

Cooperative Leaming Activity Evaluation

Book Evaluation

Activity Evaluation

 

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