Shelter Lesson

This activity shows children how conservationists protect whales from danger and why shelter is such an important part of safety for marine life.
Shelter Lesson

For centuries gray whales were hunted by humans. Many are still hurt in collisions with ships or get tangled up in fishing nets. Can you press the SHELTER button to make a protected area—called a sanctuary—where they’ll be safe?

Materials you’ll need

  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Origami Paper (any colours or patterns)
  • Black Felt-tip Marker


  1. Place construction paper down on a flat surface to make an ocean.
  2. Draw a sanctuary for the whales on the construction paper using the felt-tip marker.
  3. Create origami whales to populate your ocean. Easy tutorials for different styles of whales can be found at and Red Ted Art.

Suggested discussion topics

  • What a shelter looks like for us humans (houses, cars, schools, etc.) and what shelters protect us from (weather, danger, etc).
  • Why it’s important for conservationists to secure sanctuary shelters for whales (what danger they still face).
  • Why whales are important to our ecosystem (Science 101 provides a great learning page here).

Free audio visual download with each book purchase

For Julian’s Birthday and Earth Month, enjoy free audio visual books narrated by Julian Lennon when you purchase any book in the series.

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