Island of the Blue Dolphins


About the story

Left alone for years on an island, waiting to be rescued and reunited with her people, a young girl learns how to survive on her own—building shelters, fighting off the wild dogs, and seeking food.  But Island of the Blue Dolphins is not about hardship or abandonment — it’s about the discoveries Karana makes only because she is on her own.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Island of the Blue Dolphins with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can feast at Karana’s table, paint her stories on sandpaper stone, learn about the real Lone Woman who inspired the author, pick up some “Island” vocabulary, set green stars on black felt skies over silky ribbon seas, pick up some astronomy facts, play a Chumash game, identify strained metaphors, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

Have straight-from-the-story fun with ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell - LITWITS

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on Island of the Blue Dolphins.  It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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