Lesson Plan

Whales and the World

Students look on as a ranger show pictures of Sperm whales and describes different types of whales.

Students learn about different types of whales.

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
Climate Change, Conservation, History, Maritime History, Social Studies
Duration:
2 hours
Group Size:
Up to 24
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks
HS Life Science:  Ecology
6.2
HS Earth and Space Science:  Materials and Energy Resources
2.1, 2.2
Grades 6-8 Life Science:  Evolution
17
Grades 6-8 Life Science:  Ecology
13

Overview

Whales and the World is a curriculum-based education program presented in partnership between New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the Buzzard’s Bay Coalition. The program is offered to students in grades 6 through high school and consists of three 45 minute components and may be done in any order.

Objective(s)

Enduring Understanding: Tensions have always existed between humans and the environment with a need to balance livelihood, conservation, and tradition.

Essential Question: How has the way people viewed whaling and the environment changed over time?

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the decline in whale populations in the North Atlantic
  • Recognize different whale species that were hunted by New Bedford whalemen 
  •  Point out different whaling routes on a map
  • Describe some of the products made from whales
  •  Explain what a whale hunt was like
  • Discuss whaling in connection with conservation and sustainability

Background

Whales and the World is a curriculum-based education program presented in partnership between New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the Buzzard's Bay Coalition. The program is offered to students in grades 6 through high school and consists of three 45 minute components and may be done in any order. Maximum group size = 24 students, program can accommodate three groups per day.

 

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Vocabulary

Conservation
“A careful preservation and protection of something; especially:  planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.”
Merriam-Webster

“Preservation, protection or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife.”
Oxford Dictionaries

Sustainable
“Relating to a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.”
Merriam-Webster

“Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.”
Oxford Dictionaries