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About Me

Welcome to my Homepage.
My name is Lizbeth Gonzalez and I am 4th grade teacher at Hialeah Gardens Elementary School.
Right now I am 4 months pregnant as you can tell by the picture. The baby boy is due in late October!
You can also visit Bard's Page, Which is my home page from home.

About Where I Live

I live in Pembroke Pines, Fl. It is very hot in Florida but it is very nice.
Although I do not go to the beach often it is always inviting.

My InTech2000 Classroom

About My Classroom

I teach Fourth Grade Language Arts. I am interested in meeting with other teachers who are interested in the internet.
My teaching partner is Mrs. Nelson. She teaches Math, Science and Social Studies.
You can also write to Mrs. Nelson by clicking on her name here. I have some wonderful students in my class. Check here from time to time to see some student work.

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Other Stuff

Great WWW Educational Sites

Search engines are a great way to find useful information on the Web. One of my favorites is Education World.
Click on the image below to visit the education World site.

    Education World

Another interesting site is a Whale Watch site I created several years ago. It is very informational about Whales.
Much of the information and graphics came from the internet in 1996.
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This page was created by Lizbeth Gonzalez at the Museum of Science -
InTech 2000, Cybertrails workshop. May 10 -18, 1999
Comments are welcome through E-Mail.





Whale Watch!

breaching whale

Curious about Whales?

This web page will help you understand more about whales.



What is a whale?

A Whale is a huge sea animal that looks much like a fish. But they are not fish at all. Whales are actually mammals just like us. They are warm-blooded, breathe air, give birth to live young, and nurse them with their mother's milk. Whales belong to the group of mammals called cetaceans, meaning large sea animal. If you would like more information about whales you can visit the Whale Net home page or Greentown school home page. Much of the information here was obtained from thoses websites. Both have interesting whale information. If you want to come back to this page. Click on the back button at the top left of your screen.

Some important body parts on a whale are

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Note: Wherever you see this symbol button whale click on it to move up to the previous page.




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Baleen or Toothed

breaching whale

There are many kinds of whales on our planet. Scientists have identifed at least 75 different kinds of whales. Whales are divided into two groups. Baleen Whales, which do not have teeth, and toothed whales, which have teeth.






Baleen Whales

baleen close up

Baleen whales have no teeth. They eat by using baleen plates. Baleen are like a hairy mat that hangs from the roof of the upper jaw in the mouth. These whales eat by opening the mouth, taking in a large amount of water and closing it. Then, they force the water out with the tongue through the spaces between the baleen plates. The food is trapped on the edges of the baleen and swallowed. Baleen whales eat plankton, krill and fish such as capelin, herring, and mackerel.


A Humpback Whale is a baleen whale.

Humpack whale

Some other baleen whales are:




Toothed Whales

teeth close up

Toothed whales have teeth! They vary greatly in size, shape and the number of teeth that they have. Although they have teeth they do not chew. They swallow the food whole. These whales eat octopi, seals and other sea animals but mostly on fish and squid. Toothed whales find their food by using echolocation with their sounds, groans and beeps. Most people do not consider dolphins and porpoises but scientists classify them as toothed whales because they have the same features as other toothed whales.

A Killer Whale is a toothed whale.

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Some other toothed whales are:

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Whale Details

Humpback Whale

humpback whale

Humpback whales are about 45 feet in length. It has long white flippers that make up one third of their body length. It can gulp down 150 pounds of fish at a time and up to one ton of food a day.

Right Whale

right whale

A right whale can be up to 50 feet long when full grown. It has blac skin with whit patches on its throat and belly. Right whales are themost endangered great whale in the world. Its name came from the old whale hunters who said that it was the 'right' whale to catch because it had so much blubber.

Blue Whale

blue whale

Blue whales are the largest living anumals on Earth. Feeding only on krill it can grow up to reach 100 feet in length. Its skin is a dark, spotty, blue-gray.

Minke Whale

minke whale

The minke whale is black or dark gray on top and whit underneath. They can grow to be 30 feet long. They are the smallest baleen whale and not endangered at this time.


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Killer Whale

killer whale

The killer whale is also called the Orca. It is the only whale that eats other whales. They can team up to catch and eat an animal larger than themselves. It can grow up to 30 feet long and it is shiny black on the back and sides with a white belly.

Beluga Whale

beluga whale

Beluga whales are called the canaries of the sea because of the high piched, chirping sounds that they make. They are the only whales that have a neck region and can turn their head a little to each side.

Harbor Porpoise

harbor whale

The harbor porpoise is not as playful as the other dolphins seen in shows. They are shy and tend to avoid humans. THey are dark brown to black on the back with a white bely. Currently they are not endangered.

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Definition Dive

blowhole
This is found on top of the whale's head and are like the nostrils of your nose. They help the whale breathe. Baleen whales have two blowholes while toothed whales have only one.
dorsal fin dorsal fin
This is found on the whale's back. They are often used by scientists to recogize individual whales.
echolocation
A method similar to sonar used by toothed whales to find food.
flippers whale flipper
Paddle-like fins used as rudders to help steer through the water and keep its balance. They correspond to our arms and hands.
flukes
These are the whale's tail. Flukes move up and down to push the whale forward. These are different from fish tails which move from side to side. tail
krill
Tiny shrimp found in the ocean.
plankton
Concentrations of microscopic plants and animals.

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Lizbeth Gonzalez / June 1996
Pembroke Pines, FL
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