Quick and easy classroom-ready warm-ups, inspired by kids’ curious questions from around the world — updated weekly.
Step 1) Ask:
“How much water would it take to save a beached whale?”
Step 2) Watch
Play the video above for your students.
- What you’ll see: Police, navy, fishermen and beachgoers helping a whale stranded on a Chilean beach return to the sea.
- Length: 2 minutes.
Step 3) Discuss:
Now, get your students talking. Start with 1-3 questions of your choice:
- Why do whales end up on the shore?
- Think of how big humans are in comparison to the whale in the video. How much water do you need on a daily basis? How much water do you think a whale needs?
- Do humans and whales rely on water in the same way for their survival?
- Can whales live on land? Can humans live in the water?
- Are whales fish or mammals? How do you know?
- How did the whale get saved in the video? Was it just a question of having enough water?
Step 4) Answer:
So, how much water does it take to save a beached whale?
Your students should now have a strong grasp on how to answer this question. Let them tell you!
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