A Whale of a good time!

We learned all about different whales today:  orcas, belugas and humpbacks.  Of course the orca was the most fun and most recognized… because of Shamu.  A lot of children shared their stories during circle time, of going to Sea World and getting to see Shamu.  We watched a video of the song Baby Beluga, read a fact book all about whales and dolphins and then made paper plate orcas.

Baby Beluga

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby beluga,
Is the water warm? Is your mama home,
With you so happy?

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where you dive and splash all day,
Waves roll in and the waves roll out.
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
Sing your little song, sing for all your friends.
We like to hear you.

When it’s dark, you’re home and fed.
Curled up snug in your waterbed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out.
Good night, little whale, good night.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
With tomorrow’s sun, another day’s begun.
You’ll soon be waking.

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You’re just a little white whale on the go.

Click here to hear Raffi sing Baby Beluga!

The Whales

(to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a humpback whale, I’m very strong.

I leap about and sing a song.

I like to eat my fill in the Northern Sea.

But, in the winter, South I flee.

I am a beluga, I’m all white.

From head to tail I’m quite a sight.

You can hear me singing way up north,

Playing and swimming back and forth.

I’m a mighty orca black and white.

In the sea I’m a beautiful sight.

I’m not very big, but I am sleek.

I hunt for my food, because I have teeth.

 

whale and dolphin bookWhales and Dolphins by Anton Ericson

whale and dolphin bookAn excerpt from Dolphins and Whales.  There are great photos of real whales in this book along with amazing facts.

preschool whale craftWe started with paper plates and fins out of black paper.

preschool whale craftPainting half of the paper plate black.

preschool whale craft

preschool whale craftThen we added a smile and google eyes.

preschool whale craftOur class “pod” of orcas!

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