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Animals: Dolphins Discuss this eTheme.

On these sites you can read about the behavior, appearance, and distribution of dolphins. Learn the differences between dolphins and porpoises, and find out about some of the threats to dolphin survival. There are facts, videos, audio files, pictures, printouts, and classroom activities. Included are eThemes resources about bottlenose dolphins, whales, mammals, and the ocean.

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See photographs, watch videos, and read about the many members of the dolphin family. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites and a blog.
Explore the links to learn about marine mammals and meet the dolphins that live at the Center. This page includes fun facts, games, coloring sheets, and information on how you can help marine mammals.
Find the dolphin-related vocabulary words on this printout. This worksheet is a one-page PDF file.
Students can use this dolphin stationery for inspiration when they are writing about dolphins.
Print this one-page PDF file and fill in the blanks about dolphin anatomy.
This is a printable dolphin pattern that can be colored or adapted to a variety of classroom activities.
Use this graphical organizer to compare dolphins and whales.
Use this Venn diagram to compare dolphins to other animals.
This is a one-page PDF file that can be used with classroom activities.
Answer these ten questions to test your knowledge about dolphins. NOTE: This site includes Google ads.
Explore these links to learn how dolphins use echolocation to perceive their world, or read about the threats posed to dolphins by pollution and the dolphin trade. There is also a video. NOTE: This site includes user comments.
Meet Hilary, a volunteer at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida. In this video, Hilary will explain some research that she did on pair bonding among dolphins.
On this site, students can read about the complexity of dolphin communication and learn about the controversy that surrounds keeping dolphins in captivity. Watch a video in which two experts explain the different sides of the controversy. NOTE: This site includes user comments.
Read an article and view a timeline of the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal program to learn how dolphins have helped the U.S. military. Watch a video of a dolphin performing underwater surveillance. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
This page has quick dolphin facts, such as where they live, what they eat, and why they can't fall asleep.
This site was created by students and has information on many different species of dolphins, including pictures and distribution maps. There are also dolphin quizzes, puzzles, and games. NOTE: The links to the guestbook are broken.
Explore this student created website to learn about dolphin evolution, anatomy, behavior, and their relationship with humans. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
This page has lots of information about dolphins, including physical characteristics, habitat, range, predators, and diet. There is a picture of a Commerson's dolphin.
On this site, students can learn all about dolphins, play a game, and read an interview with marine biologist Daniel Odell. There is also a teachers' guide with several classroom activity ideas.
Explore this site to learn about the maui dolphin, the smallest and most rare marine dolphin, found only off the coast of New Zealand.
Use these copyright free pictures of dolphins in your classroom activities.
Read about this small and distinctive species of dolphin found in the southern hemisphere. Includes fun facts and a picture. The reading level is more advanced, but the site includes helpful information.
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.
These sites are about whales. Learn about the characteristics, behavior, and classification of whales. Topics include the habitat, life cycle, communication methods, and migration. There are videos, photographs, and sound files. Several hands-on activities and online games and quizzes are included. eThemes Resources on endangered species and ocean animals are linked.
Learn more about the hundreds of creatures that live in the oceans and seas. Includes many photos and videos, audio files, and real-time images from Webcams. The animals covered include whales, jellyfish, dolphins, sea turtles, seahorses, and more. Includes links to eThemes Resources on Geography: Oceans and Animals: Sharks.
These sites are about the oceans of the world. Topics include habitats, tides, currents, temperatures, depths, and more. There are many photos and videos. Includes links to eThemes Resources on ocean animals and continents.

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