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Debate club! Should right whales be better protected?

Debate club! Should right whales be better protected?


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About This Lesson

Activity: Uncharted waters

Description | 60 mins

Media: Right whales are in big trouble in Atlantic waters. Right whales are being forced out of the Bay of Fundy to find food in the cooler waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are new dangers in this territory, as shipping lanes and fishing gear can create a killing matrix for whales. Anisha, Boris, whale scientist Moira Brown and others are putting their heads together to find solutions before time runs out ...

Activity: Town hall -  The snow crab fishery was closed early in 2018 to protect returning right whales. Students are asked to think about that closure from four different perspectives and form an opinion. 

Go the extra nautical mile - Invite your class to have a debate using the perspectives they have formed.

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About Ocean School
This is a free educational resource from the Canadian Government about the ocean, through the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School provides free, media-rich, ocean-based resources in multiple subjects for students in grades 5–12. Created by educators, scientists and storytellers, these interactive learning materials help students understand our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us.

Available in French
Check out the Resources tab for the French activity sheets and media.
Or check out the French Ocean School page.

Please note: Ocean School activities are not stand-alone lessons (they do not cover all aspects of one topic or subject) but instead supplement learning through dynamic and engaging experiences.

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