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National Geographic Kids Everything Dolphins

National Geographic Society 2012. 64 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781426308420 (paperback)
9781426308437 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 599.53
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Dolphins sleep with only half their brain at a time. They have two stomachs, and millions of years ago, their ancestors had legs and walked on land. These are just a few of the fascinating things children will learn in this lively, engaging book showcasing dolphins: their characteristics, habitat, genealogy and so much more.

Light and fun, the book explicitly invites young readers to “swim through the pages” until they have learned everything they need to know to become dolphin experts.

A valuable resource for class projects or just for browsing, the book is divided into four chapters, each dynamically laid out and chock full of high-quality colour photographs, fun (“fin”) facts, maps and info-graphics, quizzes to test understanding, and anecdotes and tips from experts in the field.

An interactive glossary, photo gallery, resource page, index and afterword (focusing on efforts to preserve and protect dolphins) round out this informative, easy-to-read reference book.

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    Imagine you were a marine biologist for a day. Name some of the responsibilities you would have in caring for dolphins. Listen to the “chirps, whistles, squeaks, clicks and click trains” that dolphins make. Can you identify the different sounds?

  •  Create a Venn diagram comparing dolphins and humans. What did you learn about dolphins that surprised you the most? Write a letter to a dolphin research center regarding any questions you may still have about dolphins.
  •  Write a shape poem about dolphins. Use the information in the book to help you construct your poem.
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    Research and write another article about dolphins to add to the table of contents (e.g. dolphin therapy). How do dolphins help individuals with special needs and physical or emotional difficulties? 

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    Use the interactive glossary (page 60-61) to look up the meaning of words in the text. From that list, sort the words into those that would define most dolphins (echolocation) and those which would define most animals (habitat).

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    Look throughout the book to find comparisons between humans and dolphins (especially on pages 42-43). Fill out a Venn diagram to present your findings.

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    Dolphins are perceived as fun-loving animals. Create a dolphin game by preparing question or fact cards and a game board. Remember to include the instructions for playing the game. 

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    On page 40-41, there is a text about dolphins in aquariums. Discuss how you feel about dolphins and other animals living in aquariums and in zoos.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology