For Teachers Utilizing This Curriculum as a Teaching Tool
- Ask students to list all the ways that they can think of that
whales are similar to humans. Ask them to list all the ways they are different.
Repeat the same exercise substituting fish for humans.
- Ask each student to develop a pneumonic device to help them to remember
the order of levels used in biological classification (ie., King
Philip caught orange fish and green spiders)
- Lead a discussion about adaptive radiation. Ask students to give examples
of mammals that live in the air, in the water, and on the land. Ask them
to name what adaptations they think the animal has undergone to live successfully
in their particular type of habitat.
- Ask students to make a list describing all the ways that toothed whales
are similar to baleen whales. Make a second list describing all the ways
they are different from one another. In this list, several important differences
should have been noted. Why do you think these differences exist?
- Organize and lead a whale watch excursion for your class. There are a
number of boating companies that offer sea-going tours on Maui, Oahu, and
the Big Island, as well as several excellent land-based vantage points to
view the whales during their stay in the islands from November through May.
- Pretend your class is the newly appointed International Whaling Commission
(IWC). As a group, draw up a new international treaty which would be used
worldwide to conserve whales in the 21st century. Send your recommendations
to members of the real IWC in London- let them know what you think! Here's
their address: International Whaling Commission; The Red House; Station
Road; Histon, Cambridge CB4 4NP; UNITED KINGDOM.
- Draw a map showing the migration route for Humpback whales from the North
Pacific to Hawaii. Have students explain how the whale's activities change
along the migratory route (ie., where whale feeds, where mates, where sings).
- In 1986, an international ban on commercial whaling was agreed to by all
whaling nations in order to give depleted whale populations a chance to
recover. Some nations are not in favor of the ban and would like to resume
commercial whaling. Ask students why they think these nations should or
should not be able to resume whaling, and under what conditions.
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