Why are relationships important?
DAY 1 - SEED 1
DAY 2–5 - PLAN 1
DAY 6–11 - SEED 2
DAY 12–15 - PLAN 2
DAY 16–19 - SEED 3
DAY 20 - SEED 4
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.
When developing lessons from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment will inform
a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
The following are sample suggestions for continued instruction through the remainder of the book. Continue with the same lesson structure and tasks outlined to complete the reading of the novel, to teach standards, and to develop the relationships theme. Continue to guide students though Close Analytic Reading by asking text dependent questions. Strive for students to return to the text to find evidence to support their answers. These questions are primarily intended for discussion purposes and are not meant to be written assignments. However, is it appropriate to ask students to complete selected questions in writing or to respond in their journals, only after oral and collaborative discussion has occurred as appropriate for this grade level.
Dolphin Tale is rich with vocabulary. Use the lesson models provided on day three to develop vocabulary and comprehension. The following chart serves as a guide to assist in the selection of words a teacher may want to emphasize and teach to build student understanding and knowledge:
Pages 49-51 - In what ways does Winter's behavior signal a change in the events of the story? She is playful when Sawyer and Hazel are trying to feed her and reveals she can swim
What's your opinion? Reread page 51 and choose one of the statements below.
Explain your reason for choosing the opinion above. Use evidence from the page to support your opinion.
Page 52 - Look at the top of page 52. Why was the conversation Sawyer had with his Mom and Aunt important to the story events? It introduced a new problem - Kyle has been hurt in the war and the outcome is uncertain.
Pages 52-53 - What are Clay's feelings towards Sawyer? How do you know? What does Clay do to help take Sawyer's mind off of Kyle?
Pages 53-55 - Why does Clay tell the Chumash Indian legend? to support Hazel's statement that "some people think dolphins actually are people," to distract him from his worries
Page 58 - Reread the last two sentences on this page. What do these tell you about the connection Winter shares with Sawyer?
Introduce Chapter 7 by revisiting the color pages in the middle of the book. "What is this? Why did the writers include this? a brief summary of the events, pictures from the movie, to attract attention of readers.
Pages 59-62 - What is the connection between Krista and the ocean dolphins? How do you know?
Pages 62-65 - Describe the meeting between Panama and Winter.
Tell why Phoebe was concerned about the meeting between Panama and Winter.
Pages 66-70 - Use the text to explain why Sawyer doesn't get mad at Hazel when his helicopter crashes.
Pages 71-72- What clues does the author give us to show that Clay is concerned or worried about Winter?
Pages 73-77 - In this chapter we meet a new character, Dr. McCarthy. Explain Dr. McCarthy's connection to other characters in the book.
Sometimes relationships are complicated. In this section of the story, how would you describe Sawyer and Kyle's relationship?
Pages 78-79 - How does Kyle try to make things better with Sawyer? Are things back to normal between the two when they part?
Pages 80-81- Stop at the end of the first paragraph. Based in what you have read so far, what is Sawyer's idea? What information in the text supports this?
In earlier parts of the book, the author used italicized print to show a character's thoughts. What is the author's purpose for italicizing the word "you" at the bottom of page 80?
Pages 81-83 - Explain how Sawyer's connection to Dr. McCarthy is changing the events in the story?
Pages 84-85 - Describe how everyone worked as a team to design a tail for Winter. Use text to support your description.
Pages 86-87 - Who is Ron and how might his involvement in the story change the outcome?
Pages 88-89 - Why does Dr. McCarthy stop to chat with Kyle on his way out?
Pages 90-92 - What did the author mean when he wrote, "As the broken tail sank to the pool floor, so did the spirits of everyone watching"?
Pages 93-95 -How does Sandra Sinclair's news report influence the actions of the other characters in the story?
Pages 95-98 -How did Kyle surprise Sawyer? What kind of a relationship will Kyle build with Sawyer's new friends? Give evidence from the text to support your answer.
Pages 98-101 -What does Gloria Forrest deliver to Clay? How will this conversation the affect the events in the story?
Pages 102-106 - Margaret and her Mom visit the aquarium. What happens to give Sawyer hope?
Pages 106-108 -Explain Sawyer's ideas to save the Clearwater Marine Hospital? What were Hazel and Clay's reaction to his ideas?
Pages 108-111 - How would you describe Sawyer in this part of the story? How has he changed from the beginning of the story?
Pages 111-116- How did Kyle's connection to Sandra Sinclair help Sawyer and his friends save Winter?
Pages 116-120 - How did Winter tell Sawyer why she kept breaking the prosthetic tail?
Pages 121-123 - What good news did Mr. Doyle deliver to Sawyer's Mom?
Page 124 - How might the conversation between John and Gloria change the outcome of the story?
Pages 125-128 - How did Phoebe and Sawyer encourage Winter to swim with her new tail?
Page 128-129 - Describe the mood of the characters as they prepared for the big race.
Page 129-131 - Use the text to explain how Sawyer felt when Clay handed him the microphone before the race.
Page 131-133 - What surprise did Kyle have for Donovan and the audience during the race?
Page 134-135 - How did Dr. McCarthy feel about being in the water?
Page 136 - On this page we meet a new character, Philip Hordern. How does the introduction of this character influence the outcome of the story?
Writing To Source ~ An Explanation
Look at the pairs of characters. Each set has a special relationship.
Pick one of these pairs to explain why the relationship is special.
Use what you have learned about good writing to explain the relationship clearly and fully. Use examples from the text to support your explanation. You may use both the book and your journal.
Use the following questions to guide your work.
Speaking & Listening