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In this animal adaptations learning exercise, students read a short passage comparing fish and dolphins then examine a picture and color the fish in the picture based on information they learned about animal habitat and adaptations.
In this dolphins worksheet, students fill in a KWL chart about dolphins. Students fill in what they know, what they want to know, and what they learned about dolphins.
In this mazes worksheet, students determine the most efficient path in a maze to help a dolphin find its mates. Students share their paths with each other.
Students read and analyze information related to the book Island of the Blue Dolphin. They select appropriate information for the purpose of investigating part of the book.
Students explore human character by reading classic children's books. In this story analysis lesson, students read the book Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Students identify the character traits and plots of the books before writing poetry based on the stories.
Students examine the types of organisms found in oceans. In groups, they read articles about the research done at certain sites. They work together to research their own water ecosystems and report the findings to the class. To end the activity, they also observe the behaviors of dolphins.
Students predict the shape of an unknown object by bouncing a ball on it. In this physics lesson, students relate this activity to how dolphins use echo-location to navigate. They analyze their lab result and discuss findings.
Students study ocean life while practicing their reading comprehension, note taking, and writing skills. In this ocean life lesson, students read about research that is taking place at field sites, conduct water research, and discover information about dolphins.
In this diagram activity students write and label the parts of the dolphin. Students use nine vocabulary words pertaining to the various body parts of the dolphin.
In this dolphin instructional activity, students study a detailed drawing of a dolphin. There are 10 parts of the dolphin's anatomy which are labeled.
In this compare and contrast activity, students use a Venn diagram to show similarities and differences in dolphins and whales. There is space for students to write a conclusion.
 Students represent an animal in a drawing using accurate ratio and/or proportions. In this proportional reasoning and literacy lesson, students listen to the book If You Hopped Like a Frog by David Schwartz. Students work with a group to illustrate an animal fact that represents the use of proportion.  A long list of examples is given, such as: "A dolphin's brain is 7 times larger thana human brain."
In this comprehension assessment worksheet, students read a passage titled, "Dolphins," then complete a set of 5 multiple choice comprehension questions. 
For this literacy worksheet, 5th graders examine the use of charts and tables to display and organize information. They use the information from a table to answer 15 associated questions that pertain to dolphins.
In this chart and table learning exercise, students use the table with information about dolphins to answer the questions. Students complete 15 questions using the table.
Learners identify the different parts of a wave. In this physics lesson, students explain how animals communicate using sound waves. They discuss the effect of Navy's sonar on dolphins and whales.
Students explore the topic of summarizing. They read the book, Dolphins at Daybreak, to practice summarizing. They determine what information is important and choose sentences to summarize the passages they read. They write a summary of the chapter they have read.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students complete 7 short answer questions regarding the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. Students write summary paragraphs of the book on dolphin shaped worksheets.
For this dolphin word search, students locate 20 words pertaining to dolphins. There is a word bank provided for this scientific vocabulary puzzle.
Fourth graders construct a character sketch of the main character Karana from the book, Island of the Blue Dolphin. They create a concept map, time line, or animation project deomonstrating their knowledge of the book through multimedia presentations.

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