SEA Trek



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 β€œmorphing” 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 πŸ–₯( 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: πŸ•” Up to 30 minutes

Book it!
SCHEDULING HELP:(941) 388-2904 ☎️ / seatrek @ πŸ“§

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.

Alignment to Standards

Subject Areas

Life Sciences

Ocean Literacy Principles

OLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystemsOLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected


K-LS1.C, 1-LS1.A, 4-LS1.A, 1-LS1.D, 5-ESS2.A, 2-ESS2.C, K-ESS3.A1, 2-LS4.D

Florida State Standards

SC.1.E.6.1, SC.1.L.16.1, SC.1.L.17.1, SC.2.L.17.2, SC.3.L.15.1, SC.3.L.17.1, SC.4.L.16.3, SC.4.L.16.4, SC.5.L.14.2, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.K.L.14.2, SC.K.L.14.3

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsGoal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsGoal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources