Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities

Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on a nonfictional story of a young girl who was stranded for 18 years on an island off the coast of California during the 19th century. The story was turned into a children’s novel by Scott O’Dell in 1960. For years students have enjoyed reading this fantastic tale of courage.

With this post, I have included some constructive response question samples. I hope you will enjoy them. At the bottom of this page, you can follow the link to find the full unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit Free Samples

You may wish to have students complete the anchor chart by writing the details on sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be used year after year.

This is a free sample constructive response organizer. Just click on the image to download the pdf version of this organizer.

The anchor chart above pairs with the constructive response graphic organizer below. When completing an anchor chart like this one, I like giving students a printable copy of the question. As we discuss the question and I complete the anchor chart, students complete their copies as well. Students attend to the discussion much more when they are held accountable in this way.

 

Ways to Use the Graphic Organizer

 

Option 1

Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo above are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.

Free Sample from Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

Free Sample from Island of the Blue Dolphins

This is another free sample constructive response organizer. Just click on the image to download the pdf version of this organizer.

Free Sample from Islands of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit

 Teaching Ideas to Use with the Book

IllustrationIsland of the Blue Dolphin Art

I love this illustration created by Kelley McMorris. Have students use it as a springboard to write.

Scholastic Book Files

The free book from Scholastic provides 63 pages of ideas and information. For example, there is a full author description. Chapter-by-Chapter discussion questions are provided. Plot and theme information is also provided.

Book Unit

If you would like to try out the Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 
  • Constructive Response Question – Characters
  • Constructive Response Question – Character’s Actions
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Island of the Blue Dolphins at Teachers Pay Teachers
Island of the Blue Dolphins Book UnitIsland of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructive response writing, and skill practice. Click on the image below to visit Teachers Pay Teachers where you can view a preview and purchase this unit.

Gay Miller

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