Dear Friends ~ An Online Collaborative Book
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Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

We just finished reading the book, Dear Mr. Blueberry. We would like to find out more about whales. Do killer whales actually kill? Do you know how whales talk to other whales? Good luck finding the answers.

Your friends,
Jacob and Tyler

Artist: Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kris

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

Those were pretty good questions. My partner and I found your answers and here they are: Killer whales actually do kill seals, fish, and even other whales. Whales communicate by making loud sounds (whale songs) so other whales can hear them. We had fun figuring out the answers to your questions!

Your friends,
Kris and Sabino

Artist: Kris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alvaro

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My friend and I have two questions for you. How big can a killer whale grow to be? When can baby killer whales swim on their own? We hope you find the answers.

Your friends,
Alvaro and Trevor

Artist: Trevor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paul

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

We think we found the two answers that go with your questions. Number one, a killer whale grows 30 feet long. Number two, a baby killer whale swims with its mother on the surface at birth because they are mammals and need to breathe air. They stay with mother swimming together for up to two years, until they learn to hunt food on their own. It was super fun looking for the answers to your questions.

Your friends,
Paul and Daniel

Artist: Daniel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Payton

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

We want to learn about killer whales. How fast do they swim and how high can they jump? We hope you can find the answers to our questions.

Your friends,
Payton and Jessica M.

Artist: Payton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Will

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

We have found the answers to your questions. Killer whales can swim 30 mph and can jump 5-6 feet above the surface of the water. If you like learning about whales, go to http://www.enchantedlearning.com to learn more.

Your friends,
William and Winston

Artist: William

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Audrey

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My partner and I are interested in narwhals. We have some questions for you. The first one is: Do they have sharp teeth? The second question is: How big is a narwhal? Please answer these questions.

Your friends,
Audrey and Anna Mary

Artist: Audrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kaitlyn

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

We know the answers to your questions. Narwhals don’t have many sharp teeth. They have just two. One tooth on the male grows 10 feet long. Narwhals weigh between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds. If you’d like more information, you may want to visit the library or the Internet!

Your friends,
Kaitlyn and Shannon

Artist: Kaitlyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jake

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My partner and I have questions for you. How many narwhals put together would equal a blue whale? How long can a blue whale live? Can you try to find the answers to our questions?

Your friends,
Rafael and Jake

Artist: Rafael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Andriana

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

My partner and I have found the answers to your questions. Here they are: Since blue whales are 80 feet in length and narwhals are 16 feet, it takes 5 narwhals to equal a blue whale. The blue whales live about 80 years. It was fun finding the answers to your questions.

Your friends,
Andriana and Michaela

Artist: Andriana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brooke

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

We are interested in the blue whale. We want to know if you could answer some of our questions. How do whales survive in the winter? What is the smallest whale called? We hope you can find the answers.

Your friends,
Brooke and Jessica

Artist: Brooke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jeff

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

You had some great questions for us! How do whales survive in the winter? Some eat a lot of krill in the fall so they can gain blubber. Then they travel to a warmer climate (migrate). What is the smallest whale? The smallest whale is the dwarf sperm whale and also Hector’s dolphin. We had a great time answering your questions!

Your friends,
Jeff and Maura

Artist: Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lucas

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My partner and I have been studying whales. Have you been studying whales, too? If you have, could you answer some questions that we have been trying to solve? How far do blue whales travel in a day? How deep can a blue whale dive? Good luck finding the answers!

Your friends,
Lucas and Josh

Artist: Lucas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bruce

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

You had some questions for us and they were good ones. Here are the answers. We couldn’t find how far blue whales travel in a day, but we found how fast they travel. They are fast swimmers. They normally swim 3-20 mph, but can go as fast as 24-30 mph. Blue whales can dive as deep as 350 feet. It was fun finding the answers.

Your friends,
Wilson and Bruce

Artist: Bruce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lauren

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My partner and I have two questions about baby blue whales. When can a baby blue whale swim on its own? What animal would eat a baby blue whale? I hope you can find the answers. Thank you!

Your friends,
Lauren and Kayla

Artist: Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gino

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

My partners and I researched your questions and we answered them. Baby blue whales can swim on their own in a year or longer. Blue whales die of natural causes, and sometimes are preyed upon by packs of killer whales, or hunted by people. We think your questions were interesting.

Your friends,
Melissa, Taylor, and Gino

Artist: Gino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Erica

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My teacher and I are worried about the blue whales. Do you know about how many blue whales are left in the world? Are blue whales found in all of the oceans? We can't wait to hear from you.

Your friends,
Erica and Mrs. Coats

Artist: Erica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sadie

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

We loved gathering the answers to your questions. If blue whales had not been hunted, there would be about 400,000 of them left, but they have been hunted so there are only between 2,000 and 12,000 left in the world. You may think blue whales are not found in the Indian Ocean, but in fact they are found in all the oceans on Earth. We thought learning about whales was really fun.

Your friends,
Sadie and Cassidy

Artist: Cassidy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thomas

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My partner and I have some questions for you. We hope you will be able to find the answers. Do whales still get hunted today? If they do, where are they being hunted? Why do people kill whales? We think that it is sad that people are still killing whales. We wish all people would take care of the oceans and the whales.

Your friends,
Meronicca and Thomas

Artist: Meronicca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paula

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

You and your partner had questions for us and we will be able to answer them. Yes, unfortunately, whales still get hunted today. It is so sad. Whales get hunted worldwide. You can find out where they still are being hunted at Whaling Today. They are killing whales for scientific reasons. They also do it for whale meat and whale oil. We had fun learning about whales. We hope you did, too!

Your friends,
Paula and Nicole

Artist: Paula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Madeline

 


Dear Friends in Massachusetts,

My friend and I have two questions for you. How far can whales spout water out of their blow holes? How can people protect whales? Thank you for trying to find the answers to our questions.

Your friends,
Madeline and Austin

Artist: Madeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sasha

 


Dear Friends in Wisconsin,

We know you had some questions for us. We have the answers for you. How far can whales spout water out of their blowholes? Blue whales spout up to 39 feet, 5 inches. How can we protect whales? We can help whales by not polluting the ocean and by not killing them. We can also help by “adopting” whales, like your class and ours are doing! It was a lot of fun learning about whales!

Your friends,
Sasha and Kevin

Artist: Sasha

 

 

 

 

 

The End

 


We hope you enjoyed Dear Friends ~ our online collaborative book. Although it was a lot of work, it was a lot of fun. We also learned so much about whales, and we hope you did, too!

To see more great whale artwork that are also puzzles
from Ms. Jacoby's class, click here.

To visit Mrs. Coats' Whale Tales page, click here.

To visit Ms. Jacoby's Whale Tale page, click here.


Artist: Kevin
To the collaborative Whale Tales Project
To Ms. Jacoby's classroom website ~ Window to Our World
To Mrs. Coats' classroom website ~ Mrs. Coats' Corner