Lesson 5: Dolphin Pods, Strength in Numbers!

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Identify and interpret patterns in group behavior that help dolphins survive by observing dolphin behavior.

Big Idea

Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and survive.


1 minutes

Warm up

5 minutes

Before we begin a lesson, I sometimes like to gauge my students to determine if I need to build up additional schema, or if I'm good to go with what I have. Having my students write their information on post-its is such an easy and engaging way for students to show what they know, or what they think they know. I don't have them put their name on the post-its because I find that the anonymity allows them to be more forth coming with what they know. Here is how we started, What I know about Dolphins.

Guided practice

15 minutes

I wanted my students to get a clear picture of how dolphins use extraordinary teamwork to survive. I used a PowerPoint I created, Dolphin Teamwork,  to show them different examples. To further enhance the lesson,  I also included multimedia examples focusing on  echolocation and dolphin teamwork in catching fish. I couldn't take them to see dolphins, so I brought the dolphins to them digitally!


20 minutes

Using the PowerPoint, I also wanted to build their academic vocabulary. My students used a modified Frayer Vocabulary Model to further connect with the vocabulary. I wanted them to also use academic vocabulary when completing the Dolphin 3-2-1 Notebook Response.

Class Discussion/ Wrap Up

10 minutes

We watched videos, discussed techniques, and learned new vocabulary, but I still wanted a way that I could check for understanding. I had my students complete the  Dolphin 3-2-1 Notebook Response. I made copies for each student, that they then glued in their individual notebooks. They completed this as a group, and then we discussed their responses. It was a great way of having students connect and extend what they had learned, first in a small group, and then whole class.