I am so excited to be sharing with you these whale resources. Study some of the most beautiful and largest mammals on the planet with these free printables and unit studies about whales.
Why am I so excited to tell you about whales today?
I live in the Kingdom of Tonga and we are smack in the middle of WHALE SEASON! Yes, we have a whale season.
From July to October people from all over the world travel to Tonga for an experience of a lifetime. They come to see the Tongan Tribe of southern hemisphere humpback whales.
Every year around this time, the weather gets cooler, and cooler weather means the whales are near. Our country hosts hundreds of the largest sea creatures on the entire planet, for a short period during the year.
My whale experience:
I haven’t been one of the blessed ones who get a peek at whales every year. I was here 4 years before seeing whales in close proximity and it wasn’t even planned.
My friend has a plot of land near a beach on the western side of the island. Our families headed to the beach area to spend the day at the beach. We were setting up the picnic table and almost dropped our marbles as we saw a family of whales just off the reef, a very close reef. We wanted to cry and when I say we, I mean the adults.
The kids thought it was pretty cool, be we were in awe. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t help but think of how God created such beautiful creatures to roam the waters on the same earth as us.
Why do whales come to Tonga?
The incredible humpback whale, the gentle giants of the ocean, bless the coasts of our island on a 3,728 mile (6000 kms) journey from the waters of Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean, up past the east coast of New Zealand.
The humpback whales travel to Tonga from the Antarctic, one of the largest and longest animal movements in the world. They come here for two reasons.
Their journey is for mating and for giving birth. They travel the entire distance every year for this purpose and it is an absolutely magical sight to see.
I am a whale fan!
My friends who own a brand new and the only “retreat” in Tonga, live by a cliff overseeing one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. They wake up to the whales every morning from July to October. How amazing is that? By the way, this amazing getaway is called Katea Retreat. Trust me, the pictures do not do it justice.
We are planning to head over to their home to try and catch a glimpse of the humpback whales before this season is over. I can tell you firsthand that seeing a whale at close proximity is something extraordinary and mind-blowing.
The photo below is an actual picture taken from one of our friends and brother-in-Christ, Christopher Paquette of One Love Inc. in Tonga.
Enough of me. I am glad to share with you some absolutely free resources to study whales in your homeschool.
Recommended Resource: Ocean Notebook – Companion to Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman
In the Ocean Notebook, students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman to learn all about life in the ocean, layers of the ocean, the ocean floor, coral reefs, tide pools, and much more.
Explore these free unit studies about whales:
FREE Class! Introduction to Whales and Dolphins Online Unit Study | NatureGlo’s eScience
Blue Whale Unit Study | The Homeschool Scientist
Resources for Learning About Whales | Homeschooling Kinetic Kids
Antarctica: Learning About Whales | TrilliumMontessori.ORG
Preschool Whale Unit | Carrots are Orange
Grab these free printables about whales to go alongside your unit study.
FREE Whales Animal Study & Lapbook | Homeschool Share
Whales FREE Worksheets for Kids | Living, Life, and Learning
Sharks vs. Whales ELA and Science FREEBIE | Bonnie Kathryn Teaching
FREE Printable: Types of Whales | TrilliumMontessori.ORG
Whales and Dolphins (FREE Matching and Fact Cards) | Pinay Homeschooler
FREE Printable Whale Cards | Simple Living Creative Learning
Wonderful Whale And Water-Bead Sensory Bin (FREE Printables) | Living Montessori Now
FREE Printable Whale Writing Prompts | 123Homeschool4Me
Whales for Kids: An Engaging Classroom Project | Proud to Be Primary
FREE Whale Notebooking Pages | Pool Noodles and Pixie Dust
Killer Whale Facts for Kids FREE Printable | Itsy Bitsy Fun
Types of Whales FREEBIE Emergent Readers | In All You Do
FREE Whale Printable Activities for Kids | KidsActivities Blog
W is for Whale FREE Download | Only Passionate Curiosity
Jonah and The Whale Preschool FREE Printables | Homeschool Preschool
Humphry the Lost Whale FREE Download | Homeschool Share
FREE Whale Printables ( Vocab, Word Search, Etc.) | ThoughtCo.
Whale FREE Notebooking Page | Homeschool Helper Online
Resources All About Whales | Teacher Planet
Whale Facts & FREE Worksheets | KidsKonnect
These free activities, videos, crafts about whales will help your kids experience a little about these magnificent creatures.
Information about Whale | bioexpedition
Learning About Whales: Whale Science Project (hands-on blubber experiment) | Brie Brie Blooms
Blue Whale Paper Bag Craft and Template For Kids | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Whale Craft for Kids with FREE Printable Template | Buggy and Buddy
FREE Printable Blue Whale Craft | Mama Likes This
Blue Whale Paper Plate Craft | Mas & Pas
10 Wonderful Whale Crafts For Kids | Artsy Craftsy Mom
Whales Learning Videos for Kids | Little Cozy Nook
What a Whale! Facts and Activities About Whales | Scholastic.com
Whale Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids | ChildFun.com
It is hard to believe that whales are mammals just like us. We are only a few feet tall, yet the Blue Whale is the largest animal being 100 feet in length and 120 tons.
God is so amazing. Creation glorifies His name!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!