Orca Pod

Find Your Orca Family

GRADE LEVEL 2-6

Objective

Students will be able to explain how orca family pods are organized and how they communicate.

Background

In the ocean, visibility decreases with depth. Pods of orcas use sound to navigate, fi nd food, and to communicate. Though their physical proximity to each other may change throughout the day, orcas are usually within acoustic range. Each pod has a set of unique calls. Increases in ambient boat noise have the potential to mask the ability to communicate with each other and echolocate. Students will be given a letter (J, K, or L), indicating which pod they are from; by saying that letter students will find their orca family.

Activity Lesson Plan