Why are the Humpbacks Hanging Out?
Scientists doing recent cetacean research around the Antarctic Peninsula have noticed that the Humpbacks whales are staying about a month longer along the Western Peninsula. Students will be asked to come up with a hypothesis for why the whales are staying longer. Then, students will look at and analyze the scientists’ whale tagging data. Students will be asked to engage in a STEAM based, Polar-Ice Data Story on whales’ feeding behaviors. Students will utilize some of the data and use it to create a “hanging Humpback” mobile that will help them visualize the data. Finally, students will extrapolate from this data and determine if the data supports their original hypothesis.
Authors: Steve Allen, Elizabeth Eubanks; EARTH 2017
- Lesson Plan | Intro Power Point
- Data Work Sheet
- Data Story: Finding Food Lesson
- Finding Food Humpback Whale: EARTH digital Escape
- Answer Key
- Mobile templates: Whale | Krill | Antarctica