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Orcas (Killer Whale) Lapbook

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After taking some time out to focus on other subjects of interest we are now back on track with our Oceans Project. My daughter Samira has been working on this Orcas Lapbook. You can preview and download the files and unit study information for this lapbook HERE.

Samira loves everything to do with whales and dolphins and when she completed her Dolphin Lapbook a few years back I knew she’d be first to ask if she could work on the Orca lapbook.

Here is how the lapbook folds out:

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First up is a flap showing the basic anatomy of the orca.

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In this shutterbook Samira pasted a map to show where orcas are found around the world.

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In this shutterbook Samira wrote about the 4 different types of Orcas using the information from HERE.

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This flapbook explains the names of male, female and baby orcas.

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This split flapbook shows how to recognise a male and female orca.

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In this flap Samira wrote details about the mother orca and its calf.

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In this divided flap Samira wrote about the differences between baleen whales and toothed whales and listed the different species in each group.

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Having watched the film ‘Free Willy’ we decided to look into the significance of Orcas in Native American Mythology.

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We also had a big discussion about orcas in captivity and we came to the conclusion that we 100% oppose Orcas (and other sea mammals) being kept in captivity. In this squared book Samira wrote about the many downsides that an orca faces when taken from its natural habitat.

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One of the side effects of captivity is Dorsal Collapse, when the dorsal fin falls over. Samira wrote about why this happens in this accordion fold.

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In this shutter book, she pasted down the 4 main surface characteristics of the orca.

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These are 12 vocabulary flaps. Inside each flap Samira wrote the definition for the word on the front.

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In this flap Samira listed some of the foods commonly hunted by orcas.

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In this tri-fold flapbook, she wrote about the unique hunting methods of orcas such as beaching and ice-floe tipping.

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This accordion fold details how orcas use echolocation.

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These cards have been hole-punched and strung together. On each card Samira wrote an interesting fact about orcas.

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Inside this fold is a diagram similar to a venn diagram which are used to compare and contrast between orcas, dolphins and porpoises.

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In this flap is some information about orca pods.

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In this flap is a list of 10 species of whale and dolphin. 

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Their lengths are given and Samira used that information to plot a bar graph.

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She read the graph and learned that an orca is almost a third of the size of the largest mammal on the Earth ~ the Blue Whale.

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Finally on the reverse of the lapbook is a wordsearch.

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