Orca Unit: Orca Calves Need Their Pods NGSS Aligned Complete Curriculum

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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This is our complete guide to teaching about life sciences through studying Orca whales - specifically the story of the orphaned Orca, Springer. This is a top-rated NGSS unit which as been used in many districts in the state of Washington. It was created in collaboration with NOAA. Teachers and students alike have enjoyed learning about life cycles and food webs with the story of Springer.

This unit focuses on a phenomenon that takes place in the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.

This research-backed unit incorporates three-dimensional learning sequences and focuses on equity and collaborative learning opportunities for all students. The engaging lessons, activities, and experiences allow children to see the science concepts in the world around them.

What's Included:

  • 10 Learning Experiences
  • Extensive Teacher Background Knowledge
  • Lesson Tips and Walkthroughs
  • Classroom Photographs
  • Hands-on Manipulatives
  • Model Scaffolds
  • Data Recording Sheets
  • Interactive Games and Activities
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • A Supplemental Powerpoint and Teacher's Guide
  • Mentor Book List
  • Extension Activities
  • Classroom Discussion Tips and Tools

This unit was created with third grade standards in mind, but the concepts can be scaled to other grades.

This ambitious style of teaching is helping students to further engage with science and to develop the critical skills needed for complex thinking and the sharing of ideas.

This is NOT a collection of printables/worksheets to print and hand to students. If you are truly looking to incorporate the newest science teaching standards, then this unit is for you!

We hope you love the Orca unit as much as we do! We have put years of research and work into this unit and would love to share it with more teachers.

This purchase is for one classroom use. You can purchase additional licenses for a discounted price!

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