Orca Search home page

Step 1:
Research Tools
Step 2:
Discovering Orcas
Step 3:
Investigating Orcas
Step 4:
Orcas in Captivity
Step 5:
Research Report

Step 1
Your First Research Assignment

As you begin your research on killer whales, you will need to keep track of the information you find so that you can report back to your research team. Researchers and scientists usually keep a "Research Log" to record their findings.

In this assignment, you will be creating your own Orca Research Log. You will need:

  • a spiral notebook with lined paper or several sheets of notebook paper with something to use as a cover
  • markers, colored pens or pencils
  • pictures of killer whales or other sea creatures
  • stickers

If you use a spriral notebook, you can decorate the cover by drawing orca pictures, using stickers or pasting pictures you might have found in magazines.

If you use notebook paper, decorate a blank piece of paper with drawings or pictures and then use it as a cover by stapling it all together.

If you would like to see what a killer whale looks like, click on:

Great! Now you are ready to begin your research. Keep your Orca Research Log with you as you search for information and always take notes. Also, remember to write down the title and location of your sources (where you found your information) for every entry in your log.

To begin your research on killer whales, click on Step 2: Discovering Orcas

Step 1:
Research Tools
Step 2:
Discovering Orcas
Step 3:
Investigating Orcas
Step 4:
Orcas in Captivity
Step 5:
Research Report

This resource originally created by Lucy M. Schiller