Whales of Iceland
Whatever key stage you teach, whether in Geography or Science, there are some topics that just grab student curiosity and intrigue. We’ve all been enthralled with documentaries like Blue Planet, and students of all ages are taking a wider world view and displaying their interest in environmental concerns whether animal welfare, consumer behaviour, plastics pollution or climate change.
How to use this resource...
This resource helps to introduce students not just to different whale species but to the concept of endangerment, and the key threats faced by marine life such as ocean pollution, human activity, and climate change. It links to Iceland as a case study, and how this environment which was once rich for feeding and cold currents is facing change and potentially altering the ecological balance. Finally, there is opportunity to consider what can be done to try to resolve some of the threats faced – starting small with home solutions and the choices we make as consumers and users of planetary resources.
The Whales of Iceland resource would make an effective comparison case study alongside the Turtles of Costa Rica resource, whereby students can consider threats faced by marine species across the globe in different ecosystems, different oceanic conditions, yet all linked by common threats and facing common problems. Students could compare and contrast human activity across the globe, and how decisions we make at home (such as plastics use and waste) can have global consequences.
In addition to the full resource, we have prepared supporting activities to help you use this resource in your classroom.
We have 5 activities prepared, including a detailed Decision Making Exercise.
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