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.
We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.
A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.
- Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
- Format: Interactive Video Lesson 🖥( It's easy to connect )
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.
- 3 min - Prior Knowledge
- 8 min - The story of If a Dolphin Were a Fish
- 8 min - Story Thoughts (reading comprehension and STEM engagement))
- Am I a Mammal guessing game
- Kinds of dolphins
- Dolphin adaptations
- ~6 min - Open Questions and Answers
- Total time: 🕔 25 mins
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.