Literature: "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell
These websites are about the book “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Read about the author and the book. Includes worksheets, reviews, lesson plans, and an interactive quiz. Includes links to eThemes resources on Scott O’Dell and bottlenose dolphins.
“Island of the Blue Dolphin” Reading Guide
This 64-page PDF provides resources for teaching Scott O’Dell’s novel “Island of the Blue Dolphins;” including: information about the author; background on the book; chapter questions; lessons on plot, setting, themes, characters, opinion; a glossary of terms; and learning activities.
“Island of the Blue Dolphin” Study Guide
This 24-page PDF provides a study for Scott O’Dell’s novel “Island of the Blue Dolphins;” including: information about the author; background on the book; and instructional activities.
Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies
In this activity students compare matching texts-novels and movies adapted from them. Students design DVD covers and a related insert to reflect their response to the movie version of the book.
Examining "Island of the Blue Dolphins" through a Literary Lens
This lesson involves students viewing "Island of the Blue Dolphins" from three literary lens: a mirror, a microscope, and a telescope. This lesson works well with ELL students and includes strategies for students at all levels.
Explore Island of the Blue Dolphins
Use this interactive site with students while reading "Island of the Blue Dolphins". It was created by three educators to allow students to explore the geography, natives, and wildlife of O'Dell's island.
Scott O'Dell Web Page
This website is all about Scott O'Dell. Find information about his life and each of his books. You can email a book review of one of his books and it might be featured on the website. Click on "Quiz Results" to see which O'Dell books are the favorites of others who have visited the website.
Study Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins
This 22 page PDF file contains activities for pre-reading and post-reading for each section of the book.
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Here is a lesson plan for the book.
Island of the Blue Dolphin
Here are activities to go along with each chapter of the novel. NOTE: Some of the links on the "Resources" page are broken.
eThemes Resource: Author Study: Scott O'Dell
These websites are about author Scott O'Dell and his books. Learn about the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Book Award. Some websites include lists of his books. Read about O'Dell's life on his official website. There are also lesson plans, activities, and student reviews for several of his books. There are links to eThemes on his book "Island of the Blue Dolphins," Historical Fiction, the Iditarod, Native American Culture, and the Revolutionary War.
eThemes Resource: Animals: Bottlenose Dolphins
Read about the behavior, appearance, and distribution of bottlenose dolphins. Learn how these mammals communicate with each other. Includes videos, photographs, sound files, a coloring page, and online games.