Whale Research Group
Illustrated by Don Wright
SC 88 pp Breakwater
For use in classrooms.
What Will You Learn?
Are there mountains under the sea?
Where do waves come from?
What is the largest animal ever to live on earth?
Can you fingerprint a whale?
What is a basking shark?
What do fish, whales andfishermen have in common?
This book was prepared to help you answer these and other questions and to show why fish, whales and fishermen need to get along. Getting Along was developed by the whale research group of Memorial University, along with some Newfoundland teachers. The whale research group is a group of scientists who study the marine environment of Newfoundland and Labrador and prepare papers, books, posters and talks to help the people of this province better understand the sea life around them.
Getting Along is about our ocean and the plants and animals that live in it. There are eight lessons. You will start studying the ocean and what it's made of. Next you'll learn that every living thing has a special address, and job to do in the environment. You'll study examples of who eats whom in the sea. By the middle of the book, you'll understand how living organisms depend on one another and together form an environment that is finely balanced. Whales live in the ocean. You'll learn to identify the common whales found around Newfoundland and Labrador and to estimate the size of a whale population. Next you'll learn what extinction means. The book finishes by looking at a resource conflict here in Newfoundland and Labrador, between whales and fishermen. There are no bad guys in this story, just problems to be understood and worked out. Through the knowledge you gain as you go along, you'll see there is a joint solution.
Each lesson has lots of pictures, activities and questions to help you learn. Some of the words used may not be familiar to you and so each lesson ends with a list of new words and definitions. The first time one of these words is used, it has a signal * beside it to show you there is a definition at the end of the lesson.
Getting Along was tried out on grade five students and their teachers before it was completed. We especially thank the students in Newfoundland and Labrador who reviewed it for us. Their comments and suggestions have been passed on to each of you, the new grade five students who will be reading this.