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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Chapter 22 Reading Guide:  Island of the Blue Dolphins Ch 22 Comprehension.pdf

Island of the Blue Dolphins Vocabulary Words:
Chapter 7 Words:
awl, gust, beckon, scramble, bob, shelter, pitched, mast, chieftain, clutch, forlorn, cove
Chapter 8 Words:
scurry, mesa, gorge (verb), lair, nettle, stride, mussel
Chapter 9 Words:
vanish, stunted, ravine, sift, brace, league, headland, slink, pace, snarl, trotted, smother, befall, shaft, sinew, scarce, hut, crevice, shellfish, secure, pelt, tide pool, cholla, glossy, sea elephant
Chapter 10 Words:
stale, befall, companion, pursue, skirted, sandspit, gaze, seep, plank, voyage, deserted, idle (idly), snout, omen, chafe, doze
Chapter 11 Words:  brackish, bull clamor, cow, dune, lair, odors, omen, sandspit, sea elephants, sheltered, tide
Chapter 12 Words:  ornament, gnawed, legend, utensils, pitch, gruel, embers, prowling
Chapter 13 Words:  slope, waddling, wary, grating, rival, bellowing, loose, lose, flank, gash
Chapter 14 Words:  lobe, herbs, venturing, fetch, ancestors
Chapter 15 Words:  bolder, carcass, paces, matted

Pick one of the following animals in The Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Sea Otters;  Gray Whales;  Killer Whales;  Cormorants;  Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin;  Elephant Seal;  Harbor Seal;  White Bass;
Research information about the common name, the scientific name (Genus and species), and nicknames.  Wikipedia.org is a good source of information about names - look under the taxonomy section.  Questions to answer:  How did your animal get its common name?  What do its scientific names mean?  What are its nicknames and how did it get them?  This will be due on Tuesday.

This is a project in which students will research information about a mammal, fish, or bird mentioned in the book Island of the Blue Dolphins.  They will use this research to write a report, or "script", which they will then use to create a narrated powerpoint presentation to be shown in school chapels and uploaded to my school website.

Note to Parents:  Please do not feel pressure to write the whole report immediately!  I will just need your assistance to help your children look up information and to revise their writing.  In order to achieve quality writing, we will be working on this report section by section in class at school.  We will be following the outline below:
1.  Introduction (to be written last with the summary)
2.  Names:  Common name, scientific names, and nicknames
3.  Appearance:  Size, weight, colors, shape, features, differences between males and females
4.  Habitat:  including migrations if applicable
5.  Lifecycle:  Lifespan, babies/families
6.  Diet
7.  Population:  How many and how many different species
8.  Behaviors and Predators
9.  Interesting Facts
10.  Ending/Summary
11.  Sources of information (bibliography)
12.  Credits

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