Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities

Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities

If you are looking for some Island of the Blue Dolphins activities, you have come to the right place. This post includes novel study samples, anchor chart ideas, printables, and more.

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.

Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities

Book Unit Samples

Check out Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell free book unit samples and teaching ideas and activities.

This sample contains…

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 
  • Constructed Response Question – Characters
  • Constructed Response Question – Point of View

 

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Teaching Idea #1 ~ Character’s Actions Anchor Chart

Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit Free Samples

Do your students need to pay closer attention to class discussions? This organizer and anchor chart pair are perfect to keep students on their toes. Have students fill out the information on their individual organizers during your class discussion of the anchor chart.   Don’t forget; by using sticky notes the anchor chart is reusable the next time you teach the novel.

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Free Sample from Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Unit
Free Sample from Island of the Blue Dolphins

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.

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

 

Teaching Idea #2 ~ Story Illustration

Island of the Blue Dolphin Art

I love this illustration created by Kelley McMorris. Have students use it as a springboard to write a paragraph about the scene from the novel. 

 

Teaching Idea #3 ~ The Real Setting

 

This short video shows breathtaking views of the Anacapa Island as narrators describe the reliability of the novel’s history.

Teaching Idea #4 – 1964 Movie

I couldn’t find the movie online as it is copyrighted. I have not seen the film and don’t know how well it correlates with the book. The movie runs for approximately 93 minutes. Here is the link to add the movie to your Google Play wishlist.

Teaching Idea #5  – Scholastic Book Files

This 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 are also included.

Teaching Idea #6 – Activities from RIF

Activities and Ideas for Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Check out these nine activities from Reading is Fundamental. You’ll find leveled reading passages, crossword puzzles, word searches, and memory games in both easy and hard levels.

 

Check out Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell free book unit samples and teaching ideas and activities.
Check out Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell free book unit samples and teaching ideas and activities.

 

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