This project originated with the author's interest in the plight of Keiko the killer whale, the star of the movie, Free Willy, who was rescued from a very unhealthy environment in Mexico and then moved to a rehabilitation facility in Oregon. Keiko was recently moved to a sea pen in his native waters in Iceland.
Keiko's story has generated a great deal of interest in whales and other ocean creatures, especially those that are held in captivity. This Web site has been designed to use the subject of killer whales to encourage high-order thinking and to begin to understand about ocean communities.
PURPOSE AND SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL
Orca Search is a Web-based teaching unit designed for 4th through 6th grade students who are
This web site can be used as an online classroom teaching unit or as an independent study. It is assumed that students using this site will have some experience with computer keyboarding and also some familiarity with Internet searching (e.g., links, scrolling, navigation, etc.). The Orca Search Web Site could be called controlled research online. Students will have the opportunity to "research" killer whales by linking to other web sites that contain the information requested. Students are also encouraged to use their school media center or local library if they choose.
WEB SITE OBJECTIVES
The Orca Search Web Site contains the following pages:
Students will be able to:
Evaluation of this teaching unit, whether used as an independent research project or a classroom unit, could be judged by the accuracy and completeness of the students' research log and research report after working through the entire site.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS ABOUT KILLER WHALES
There are also many other books, videos, sound recordings and magazine articles that include information about killer whales and can be found in your school or local libraries. Be creative and have fun!
This resource originally created by Lucy M. Schiller