How the whale got a hole in his head – resources

As part of our literacy cycle, students in Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 investigate Aboriginal dreaming stories in Term Three.

To accompany this week’s dreaming story, “How the whale got a hole in his head”, here is a useful website that shows an old Aboriginal rock shelf engraving of a large sea creature at Tamarama in Sydney.

A closeup of a humpback whale spouting is here:

Humpback whale footage: extreme close up blowhole

Star fish walking, you can actually see his legs.

Zombie starfish – Nature’s weirdest events: series 4 episode 3 preview – BBC Two

In the version of the Dreaming story we use, Whale’s friend, Starfish, offers to help remove “mulas” from Whale’s skin. Here is a Youtube clip explaining about barnacles:

SeaTalk – Barnacles


The student book rappers of 1G created a digital slideshow on Photo Peach to accompany this Aboriginal Dreaming story:

How the whale got a hole in his head

Final five

The final five groups of students have completed their persuasive slideshows from storyboards created during Term 2: Guided Inquiry Endangered animals (Stage 3 science & technology).

by Caitlyn & Arona

by Jazmin, Seth, Matt A., Rachael & Jared

by Tom, Matt J. & John
Compare the above slideshow with the students’ original storyboard.

by Skye, Emma T., Mitch, Kyle & Natalee

Vijay, Talita, Toni & Lachlan

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As mentioned previously, just a few points to consider with Photo Peach: Use it as judiciously as you would a series of Youtube clips. Don’t permit students to do open browsing; Photo Peach is a Web 2.0 facility that is open to anyone, and the slideshows are “unrated”. Also, if you notice that new comments have been added to a slideshow you’ve made, please preview the slideshow again before using it with students so you can monitor (and moderate/remove) unwanted comments. (Or close off comments altogether.) Consider a subscription to Photo Peach, which enables you to add your own or Creative Commons music, a wider range of transitions, and the capacity to download slideshows to your hard drive, web space or a CD.