Marine Mammals of Washington

Gray Whale Tail Above the Water in the Pacific Ocean
Photo by David Wheller (NOAA Fisheries)

Elementary school students dive into coastal Washington and learn about 13 species of marine mammals. From dolphins to seals, students explore adaptations of marine mammals and use basic research skills to learn more about a species of their choice. Students investigate how marine mammals use their senses to find food, shelter, space, and mates.

The finale of the lesson asks students to create their own marine mammal, building on their knowledge of adaptations and senses of marine mammals.

Lesson plan

Marine Mammals of Washington (PDF)

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