Sea Me Read
If a Dolphin Were a Fish
Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Readers will watch Delfina become a fish with gills, a sea turtle laying eggs, a pelican with feathers, an octopus without bones, a shark with a sense of smell and even a vegetarian manatee. The incredible “morphing” illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these animals! Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea.
A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.
- Recommended for Ages (Grades):
- 05-06 (Kindergarten)
- 06-07 (1st)
- 07-08 (2nd
- 08-09 (3rd)
- May be Adapted for Ages (Grades):
- 04-05 (PreK), 05-06 (Kindergarten), and 09-10 (4th)
- Format: Skype in the Classroom
- Duration: 25 mins
- Fee: FREE - when available through Skype in the Classroom 💙(limited basis).
Research Connection: Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
Objectives: Students will learn about marine animal adaptations and animal classification (mammal, reptile, bird, etc). Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills.
- Am I a Mammal?, an animal guessing game (4 minutes)
- The story of If a Dolphin Were a Fish (8 minutes)
- Story Thoughts, help answer a few questions about the story and about dolphins in general (7 minutes)
- Kinds of dolphins (2 minutes)
- How mammals, like dolphins, have adapted to live in the ocean (2 minutes)
- Questions and Answers (5-8 minutes)
Supplemental media featuring Mote research and partners
The following media can be used before or after your live virtual field trip with Mote to enhance the lesson.