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*Coloring a Whale with Chalk
*Whale Watching Coloring Book
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bring our children "as close as we can" to the biggest animal
and mammal in the
world with pictures, sounds and wonderful information to share:
Display this fun W
Whale poster throughout the activities to reinforce
letter W recognition.
Activity 1: Listening, Viewing and Learning about Whales
Pretend you are on a whale
watching journey. View these wonderful images and
information about whales:
whale (the largest)
whale (the singing whale)
Additional resources >
National Geographic Kids > Orcas
| Killer Whales
Learning about Whales:
After or during the viewing of
these video/audio material you can share some basic information
1. The blue whale is the largest animal in the world.
2. Whales live in the ocean like a fish. However, whales
are not a fish. Fish have scales, and whales have smooth
3. Whales belong to a class of animals called mammals.
We are mammals too, except the whale must stay in the water to
live. Whales feed their young with milk, as we
4. There are many different types of whales. Review
and show the images above.
5. There are two types of
whales: toothed whales and baleen whales that lack teeth.
and porpoise are small toothed whales.
7. The narwhal
is also a whale and the male grows a long tusk that is actually a
Activity 2: Online Book > Finbo
Finbo the whale is sad because he
cannot play hide and seek with his friends - he is too big to
hide! His mother tells him not to be ashamed of his
differences. Finbo and his friends soon learn to appreciate
Finbo's size when they get into danger and Finbo saves the day.
Activity 3: Coloring a Whale with Chalk
After enjoying the whale pictures and audio you can do this
fun art activity that also incorporates presented letter W:
* Method 1: Print one whale
coloring image onto dark or marine blue construction paper
* Method 2: Print one image on card stock or
construction paper, cut around the image and trace the image with
chalk to make as many copies as you need.
* Instead of crayons, let's try a different medium - chalk.
Coloring with chalk is really fun for young children and the soft
texture of chalk makes it very easy for them to trace and color a large
image. You may want to print two images and join the child
in the process. If you don't have chalk use white crayons or white
Ask the children to trace over the whale image, write the letter W and the word
whale around the image with chalk. For older children 3+, write the
letter W with dots and encourage child to connect the dots.
*This activity is also appropriate for children under 2 if you use
vanilla pudding or vanilla yogurt to paint the image.
Tip: You can preserve the chalk painting by spraying lightly
with hair spray - it will get slightly wet initially, but when it
dries it looks great and does not fade as quickly. To really
preserve it you need to cover with contact paper or other method.
Activity 4: Beluga
The children will make a whale from a four piece
puzzle. This activity will encourage visual
discrimination, small motor skills (coloring and cutting) and
1. Print and cut the puzzle pieces ahead of time and save
the dotted area
2. The children children will glue the pieces in the right
order in the dotted section.
3. After gluing identify the type of
4. The children can color the whale after it is
Activity 5: Alphabet Activities: N is for Narwhal or
W is for Whale
Review and present the lesson plan and printable activities.
Activity 6: Whale Watching
Make a selection of whale
coloring pages and discuss some facts about the whales
Activity 7: Online
Jigsaw Puzzle > Narwhal
Skills: Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun
narwhal or whale image. The default puzzle is 6 pieces.
Click on the change cut button to change shape and number of
Activity 8: Numbers > Number
3 Whales Worksheet
Print, color and practice counting, handwriting number three
with this fun worksheet.
Activity 3 and 6:
Letter W Whale printable activities
Letter N Narwhal
Online jigsaw puzzles bilingual
3 Whales Worksheet
* white crayons or white finger paints.
* for children 2 and under, vanilla yogurt, or
vanilla pudding to color the image.