Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Blue Whale - Information Report

Identifying the structure of an information report

LI: to understand the structure of information reports

Your challenge:

Use the key to help you show the structure of an information report.

Highlight the introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion by changing the background colour of the table.

Highlight the other structures by using the highlight function.

Body Paragraphs

Interesting fact (to hook readers in)

Title of body paragraph

Description of topic

Topic sentence that tells the reader what the paragraph is about

Tell the reader what the report is about

Special knowledge to help the readers understand


Blue Whale

The blue whale is a type of mammal called a cetacean and is a type of baleen whale. The scientific name for the blue whale is the Balaenoptera muscolus. Blue whales are by far the biggest animals in the world. Even the biggest dinosaur that ever lived doesn't come close in size to the blue whale.

To eat, blue whales filter their food through stiff, bony, comb-like teeth called baleen plates. Their main diet is krill (small creatures that are less than 2 cm in size). A blue whale can eat up to 3,600 kilograms of krill a day during its peak consumption period. Blue whales catch their food by diving down to about 500 meters below the surface.

Blue whales are found in open oceans from the icy waters of the extreme Southern Hemisphere to the Aleutian Islands off Alaska at the northern boundary of the Pacific Ocean. Summers are spent in polar waters because food production is higher there.

Blue whales are simply enormous. Their heart is the size of a small car. A blue whale aorta (the main blood vessel) alone is large enough for a human to crawl through. They can weigh over 200,000 kilograms! Female blue whales are generally larger than males. Blue whales are light bluish gray on their dorsal side and mottled gray whitish on their bellies. Some have yellowish bellies.
Endangered species

The worldwide blue whale population is not known, however, blue whales are considered endangered according to the U.S. Endangered Species Act. For many years blue whales were hunted extensively for their large quantities of baleen, blubber, and meat. Although blue whales are protected, their populations show few signs of recovery.
Blue whales are large mammals that spends their time in the icy oceans.  They only eat krill and are not a threat to any other creature in the ocean.  Blue whales face the risk of extinction if humans continue to hunt them for their baleen, blubber and meat.

Today I was learning about how to unpack the structure of information reports. My learning intentions was to understand the structure of an information report. Doing activity was quite interesting because it was better getting to know better about the Blue Whales. 


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