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Web-Based Thematic Unit:
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell

Based on real events, this is the story of Karana, a young Indian girl who lives on the Island of the Blue Dolphins, which is actually San Nicolas. She and her brother are left marooned on this island when all the villagers leave to live on another island. Time passes as Karana struggles to survive on her own. When her brother dies, she realizes she must build a home and find food and store it for each winter. She makes weapons and clothing. The years pass in isolation. Although faced with loneliness and physical danger every day, Karana finds courage and serenity.

This web-based thematic unit contains resources and activities for both teachers and students.

The Teacher Resources section contains an overview of the unit, in addition to ideas for establishing the learning environment, resources, and technology setup. It also provides classroom management strategies and a series of lesson outlines with standards and benchmarks, lesson timing, book connections, and assessment tools.

The Student Resources section contains links to ten activities for children to complete as they read the book.


Developed by Annette Lamb, 7/00.