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Educational Resources

Let's learn about whales and dolphins!

Since we can't come to you in schools, summer camps, or summer school, we have made virtual presentations for you to enjoy!

It doesn't matter if you are a classroom teacher, homeschool educator, camp counselor, or parent looking to entertain your kids, we've got you covered with educational and fun activities to help all ages learn about whales and dolphins.

We are adding new education resources - videos, workbooks, and activities -  all the time, so be sure to check back to see what else we added! Each activity has the grade range that it is best suited for. 

We also offer virtual presentations that you can share with your classroom or camper! You can pick out one of the topics that we covered in our Facebook Live streams or do a Q/A with a marine biologist! For more details, email us at contact@whales.org

Activities

 

For those that just enjoy coloring, Lisa Joan Art has some beautiful coloring pages that you can download!

We have a new challenge for students to further their at-home learning AND become ocean advocates.

Become a Dolphin Defender!

The program is perfect for kids of all ages (younger kids may need some help from someone older) and you get a fun certificate from us at the end!

Do you think a whale could fit in your driveway? Try it in our activity where you can measure out the lengths of different species of whales to visualize how truly big they are! This is great for all ages but younger kids may need some adult help!

Download it here.

Patterns can be found everywhere! Check out this fun scavenger hunt that you can have at home finding patterns that can are in both our oceans and around our house. Perfect for remote learning.

Download it here.

Grades 1-5

What do humpback whale flippers and wind turbines have in common? A lot more than you would think! Learn all about biomimicry in our fun activity sheet. Biomimicry is looking at everyday things and seeing how nature influenced it.            Grades 5-12

Download it here.

Workbooks

We are so excited to offer both of our activity books to keep you occupied! Dive into the world of Southern Resident orcas and learn the story of Coral, the humpback whale, all while doing some fun activities!

Videos

Bring whales home to you!

Watch our video and learn about the cool marine creatures that live in the Gulf of Maine!

Want to use this video as a learning activity? We made a worksheet to go with it, which includes questions for grades 1 -12!

Download the worksheet

Every week from March to May, we went live on Facebook Live and talked whales! Each week, we hosted a fun and interactive live stream over a variety of whale topics. You can still watch them all up on our Youtube page or on our Facebook!

Topics have included baleen, species spotlights, photo identification of humpbacks, biomimicry, story book readings, crafts, mythbuster sessions, introduction to policy, and more!

For additional educational fun, you can download some correlating worksheets.

This June, we also had lots of fun and free virtual events that are perfect for all ages. You can still watch them here!

  • New England Whale Festival - June 8, 9, & 11 - includes workshops on how to turn trash into art, book readings, artists, and a panel of whale experts with the opportunity for you to ask questions!
  • Orca Action Month - all June - includes daily activities that you can do at home for prizes, weekly craft live streams, orca happy hour chats, virtual trivia and a screening of Blackfish!

Follow WDC on social media for more fun facts, cute pictures and opportunities!

Shout Outs!

Our colleagues are also doing awesome and educational things during these times. We encourage you to check them out!

Additional great opportunities from other organizations include:

Amazing facts about whales and dolphins

Dive deeper into the world of whales and dolphins and learn more about their lives.

A humpback whale pokes its head partway out of the water, a behavior called spyhopping
two dolphins diving down out of the water
Northern Resident orca, Fife, swimming at the surface
Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Facts about whales

Amazing facts about whales, the largest mammals to live on Earth.

Facts about dolphins

From the orca to the tiny vaquita, learn more about these creatures.

Record breakers

Whales and dolphins hold some incredible records.

Brain power

Just how intelligent are whales and dolphins?